But as for you, O Israel, you are mine, my chosen ones; for you are Abraham's family, and he was my friend. I have called you back from the ends of the earth and said that you must serve me alone, for I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:8-10 (TLB)
Cindy M. from Gauteng, South Africa, was afraid when she first went to boarding school because sh had heard nasty stories about boarding-school life. But as their parents dropped Cindy and her sister off at school, her sister said, "Being a first-year student can be hectic. Senior students may give you a hard time. They might even take your belongings without your consent. You are lucky because I will always be there for you." Cindy's sister's words took away her fear. Knowing that her sister would take care of her brought some relief. How much more encouragement, strength, and comfort can we have in knowing that God is always there, ready to help us?
Isaiah 41:10 assures us that we have nothing to fear and no reason to be dismayed. Although God does not promise us a life free of troubles, God promises to be present, to give us strength, and to uphold us with God's righteous right hand. And God's promises are forever. When others try to tear us down and we feel that we cannot overcome, we must remember that God is always with us and will uphold us.
Prayer: Faithful God, help us always to trust and hold on to your promises even in the face of adversity, in Jesus' name. Amen.