“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.”
Whenever you are going to do anything for God, you are going to need the reassurance that you are going to be fine. When I started out in evangelism many years ago, it was reassuring that God was the One Who had called me and was going to be with me. When Joshua took over the leadership roles of Israel, God had to reassure him that it was going to be okay. If you are going to be used greatly by God, you are going to have to see your weakness and His omnipotence. It is when you see your weakness that God reassures you of His omnipotence which gives you the courage to go forward for Him. In the verse above, God gives the Christian five reassuring facts that will help them to continue on in spite of their weakness.
First, God chose you. God says, “…Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee…” God didn’t choose you because of your goodness, but He chose you because He has a plan for your life. You cannot let the lack of confidence in yourself cause you to think that God doesn’t want to help you. He is the One Who chose you, and that should give you confidence that He will use you.
Second, God promises to be with you. In verse 10 He says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee…” Not only did God choose you, but He promised to go with you. God is not a God Who chooses you and sends you out on your own. No matter what you will have to endure as you serve Him, you can be confident that God will be with you every step of the way.
Third, God promises to strengthen you. God said in verse 10, “…I will strengthen thee…” The one reason you should never hold back when you serve the LORD is because He promises to give you strength when you need it. As I type this devotional, I am on an early morning flight back home. I have been up since 2:30 A.M. As I always do in these early morning flights, I asked God to give me strength to serve Him. God has never failed to give me the strength I need for the day. It doesn’t mean that you won’t get tired, but He will give you the strength you need to face whatever you must face and to do whatever you need to do.
Fourth, God promises to help you. God continues in verse 10 by saying, “…I will help thee…” Whatever you are not able to do, you can be assured that He will help you to do it. At times you may wonder how you are going to make everything happen, but you don’t have to worry because it is not up to your resources to make it happen. Whenever your resources dry up, you can be assured that God is there to help you complete what He has called you to do.
Fifth, God promises to uphold you. The word “uphold” means to keep from slipping. He says in verse 10, “…I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” God guarantees to keep you from falling. If you will rely on Him, you have His righteousness as your guarantee that He will be there to keep you from falling.
My friend, whatever your fear may be, let the promises of God reassure you that you can do what He has called you to do. Don’t let fear stop you, but put your trust in His promises and you will have the confidence to continue on.