FEAR NOT

”fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Leslie M John

”fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

In the midst of chaos, troubles and trials it is so comforting to recollect God’s assurances to Israel, as also to us that He will be with us and, therefore, we do not need to fear. It is the painful emotion of passion by the anticipation of evil which we do not need to be afraid of.

It is very essential that we should fear God in awful reverence. We stand in presence of God and receive comfort from Him. We worship Him in awful reverence that He is the Almighty God and love Him because He loved us first. He forgives us of our sins when we repent.

”And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me” (Jeremiah 32:40)

Apostle Paul wrote:

”Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:7)

In Isaiah Chapter 41 God said to the children of Israel not to be afraid of anything that would cause painful emotion in their hearts in anticipation of evil. The LORD comforts them and assures them that He is their God and He will be with them.

Satan repeatedly brings into our hearts fear of sickness, death, loss or that someone will hurt us and causes us to doubt God’s help even in spite of God’s assurances that He is our rock of refuge. It is in those circumstances that we need to depend upon God and seek His help fervently. The LORD gives us strength and courage to face, with confidence, the discouraging situations. We do not need to fear any evil because God is always with us.

It was this kind of fear the children of Israel had in their hearts about their return from captivity in Babylon to Jerusalem.

The God of Israel is the Lord of all of us, and He says to us not to get dismayed because He strengthens us. Continuing the assurances the LORD says He will uphold us with His right hand of righteousness.

Seven hundred before Jesus was born, Prophet Isaiah, by the will of the LORD, spoke about the birth of Jesus and His sufferings. He also prophesied about the coming back of Jews to Jerusalem, which was their native place. It was after the completion of their seventy-year captivity under Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, as God ordained.

God invites heathen nations such as kings of Tyrus, the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles beyond the Mediterranean Sea, not to keep silence before Him, but to renew their strength and come near Him and discuss the truth as to whether anyone of their deities or idols helped them and proved their assurances to them. He gives them a fair chance to have a debate and prove their point (Ref. Jeremiah 25:22)

The idolaters loved to conceal the truth and loved darkness because they had error in their belief that their idols would deliver them. God said to them to show if their idols made any promises to them. God not only points to the folly of the idolaters in believing in them; but challenges them to prove if their gods promised them salvation; and whether or not they kept their promises, if ever they made any such promise.

The LORD assures and greatly comforts His people that He is the true God, a covenant keeping LORD.

Psalmist questions as to why the heathen rage and plan to come against the LORD to fight with Him and His followers. It is not possible to defeat the Almighty God. The LORD said to His Son that the Son was begotten of Him, and the Son will break them with a rod of iron; and shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel (Ref. Psalm 2:1-9)

The LORD asks:

”Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow” (Isaiah 41:2)

The LORD raised King Cyrus of Persia to fulfill His desire of bringing back Jews into Jerusalem. Prophet Isaiah, by the will of the LORD, prophesied one hundred and sixty years before Cyrus gave a decree that the Jews will return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.

Cyrus was chosen by the LORD to decree that the Jews should return to their land and rebuild the Temple that destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon. The LORD fulfilled His promise that the Jews, after serving seventy years captivity in Babylon, will be brought back to their own land. This prophecy was fulfilled, when Jews returned and rebuilt Zerubbabel’s Temple.

”That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid” (Isaiah 44:28)

”Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing…” (Ezra 1:1)

It was before the Jews were brought back by the LORD into their land that He said to them to believe Him and His promises made to their fathers. He said to them not to fear because He has chosen them.

”But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away”. (Isaiah 41:8-9)