~Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
I see several things from today’s text that should cause a born-again Christian to shout for joy and encouragement! Our God gave us encouragement in just one simple verse! Picking it apart allows us to see the meat of it and it no longer is just a verse that we have read as part of our daily reading.
First off, the Lord tells us not to fear. Why? Because He is with us. The born-again believer has been given the Holy Spirit at salvation and He resides within us until we faith is made sight, either at death or the Rapture (Eph. 1:13 and Eph. 4:30). God goes on to tell us not to be discouraged or disheartened. Why? Because He is our God! Our God, our Creator, and our Deliverer is overseeing every aspect of our lives!
This brings up the next point of encouragement. His Word says that He will strengthen us and help us through our trials and tribulations. Let’s face it, Christian, no matter what trial we are experiencing today, we are not going through anything as severe as what the early Christians went through – facing torturous death! There are Christians around the world that are being martyred for the name of Christ today – we don’t even come close to that type of persecution! But yet, the Lord has promised that He is help us and strengthen us during our time of need. Yes, each trial that we experience may feel as though it is unique to us but we are not alone! Hallelujah!!!
And lastly, the Lord tells us that He will uphold us with the right hand of His righteousness. Praise the Lord! Isaiah 64:6 tells us that our own righteousness is as filthy rags! Thank God that it is by HIS righteousness that we are saved and not our own as we would be doomed! I love the word “uphold” in today’s verse. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines it as:
UPHOLD, v.t. pret. and pp. upheld. [Upholden is obsolete.]
1. To lift on high; to elevate.
2. To support; to sustain; to keep from falling or slipping.
Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. Prov 29.
3. To keep from declension.
4. To support in any state.
5. To continue; to maintain.
6. To keep from being lost.
Faulconbridge, in spite of spite, along upholds the day.
7. To continue without failing.
8. To continue in being.
God’s righteousness is complete and nothing can separate us from Him once we have accepted that Christ’s blood IS sufficient for our salvation. Nothing else can secure our place in eternity. Not our own religious behavior, not our own good works, nothing!
So be encouraged, dear Christian. Our God is there – every step of the way – during our trials and tribulations. Do not be discouraged! Look up for our redemption draweth nigh!