“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.” – Isaiah 41:10
Today’s focus verse is long, but is a very comforting Scripture when we are in a hard place. One time our family was moving from one state to another. My husband and I would drive the truck while our son and his cousin drove the car. We would change vehicles periodically. Sometimes our car had a bad habit of stopping and not wanting to start. It did that soon after we began on our journey, but it eventually started again. I told my husband and the boys that the Lord had given me the above promise before we left on the trip.
After a time we did change vehicles and the boys were driving the car. We had agreed that the leading vehicle would stop and wait if the following vehicle dropped out of sight for too long. After driving for a while my husband decided to pull over and wait because we had not seen the car for some time.
Sure enough, the car had stalled. The boys had tried for a while to get it started. Then our son reminded his cousin about the promise the Lord had given me and they prayed. The Lord answered prayer and soon after, the car started! They caught up with us in the truck and we were all on our way once more. We arrived safely at our destination the next day.
One day after we moved, my husband flew to the Midwest to visit one of our churches, and he asked a mechanic about the car’s problem. Amazingly enough, that man correctly diagnosed the problem. He said the car needed a tiny filter. Even though the mechanics we had consulted earlier could not find the trouble, that little filter did the job! Once again, the Lord had helped us.
It is good to be reminded we do not need to fear or be dismayed when God is with us. In fact, there are five specific promises in this single verse—not just one, but five! This is a verse that we can depend on in worrisome times.
Are you facing a hard circumstance in your life today? Review this amazing promise today, and find comfort in God’s assurance.