For the months of March and April, Defying Shadows will be dedicating their weekends to sharing Wisdom from the Bible! Be on the lookout for some great posts from some great guest posters, past and new! Today, I will share my thoughts on Isaiah 41:10! ~Nichole
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10, NKJV
I love this verse. I love what God is telling us and I love his promises.
“Fear not, for I am with you.”
As I read this, I think of one of my irrational fears. Being outside by myself in the dark. Truly, there is nothing really to be afraid of. We live out in the county. The most I should be afraid of, is running into a wild creature in the dark, and honestly, I know that they are more scared of me than I am of them. Yet, the fear continues. Unless of course, someone else is with me. Then the fear is gone. The same possibilities are there. But the fear is not. Maybe it’s because I believe I can out run the person I am with, so they’ll have to fend for themselves while I get away. Or maybe it’s because I know I am not alone. Maybe its because with someone else there, I don’t have to be afraid of the unknown. I can just enjoy the present. I feel this is the best way to explain what this verse means to me. I can have a very stressful day, full of great unknowns. It can be very overwhelming and scary, but if I make a conscious effort to remember that God is with me, it gives me a sense of comfort and I no longer feel afraid.
“I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you”
During some of my most difficult times, knowing that I didn’t have to come up with the strength to face the day on my own was a weight lifted off my shoulders. Knowing that I could depend on God to help me through whatever I was facing during the day, made getting out of the bed in the morning less of a chore. It gave me the strength to go to school, even though I just wanted to hide under the blankets and pretend the outside world didn’t exist.
“I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
One of side effects from my anxiety is that I get light headed and sometimes even pass out if I get too stressed or anxious. For anyone who knows what it’s like to be light headed, they will tell you that it can be difficult to stand up straight on your own. Often times, you’ll have to sit down or even lay down. Knowing that when I am overcome with stress and anxiety, I can call on my God for help, and He will help me through whatever I am going through makes the world of a difference. It is like having God Himself walk up beside me, put his arm around me, holding me up and saying, “it’s okay, I’ve got you.”
God isn’t saying these words within the verse to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside (even if you do when you read the verse). He’s not just saying these verses to add an extra few lines to the Bible. God is making promises to us. And if you can pray and ask God to help you through what you’re going through, I truly believe that He will do just that.
P.S. What does this verse say to you? Tell us in the comments below!