Isaiah 41:13 “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
Fear is the most paralyzing emotion that will squelch the potential that faith desires to do in an individual. It was fear that initially kept the children of Israel from entering into the Promised Land. Fear nearly kept the disciples in the storm instead of trusting Jesus by faith. It was fear that caused Israel to run from Goliath when only one person had the faith to face him despite the fear of others. The stories are numerous about fear and its paralyzing of faith’s potential.
In Isaiah 41, God gave several promises to the believer that should give them hope and keep them from fear. God said in the verse above, “Fear not…” The fact that God said to fear not should be enough for any believer not to fear; however, God goes on to give several reasons why you have no reason to fear. Let me share these reasons from Isaiah 41 as to why you have no reason to fear.
First, God promises to hold your hand. When I first got married to my wife, she had a little fear about flying in airplanes. When we went through turbulence, she would reach over and grab my hand to calm her nerves. Just like my wife grabbed my hand and I would hold her hand to calm her, so the believer has the promise that God will hold our hand no matter what we face. The worst thing that you could do is to let go of the hand of God because it is his hand that calms your fears.
Second, God promises to help thee. Four words spoken by God that should encourage every believer no matter what they face; “I will help thee.” When you have God’s help, you are sure to succeed. When you have God’s help, you are sure to make it through whatever you are facing. You have no reason to fear because God’s got it all taken care of. Stop worrying in the face of fear because God is helping you, and He is surely not going to fail.
Third, God promises to hear thee. God says in verse 17, “I the LORD will hear them.” So, you have fear in your heart; all you have to do is call to God and He will hear thee. It is interesting that God said that He would hear you after the promise that He is helping you. Even though He is helping us, God understands that sometimes we will still fear. This is why God says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” He will hear your cry of fear despite the fact that He is helping you, and He will be merciful to calm those fears IF you will cry out for His help.
Fourth, God promises not to forsake thee. God promises in verse 17, “I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” God is surely not going to run from whatever foe you may be facing, so you should not fear as He is helping you. God has never left one believer in the midst of any trial no matter how big the trial was, and He’s surely not going to leave you because He has promised never to forsake thee.
Fifth, God promises to make a way. In verse 18, God promises to make a way through the floods, the wilderness, and through the valleys. No matter your situation, God will find a way to get you through it. You have no reason to fear because Omniscience has already figured out the way through your situation. My friend, no matter what you face today, you have no reason to fear because you have God’s word to help you, and His Word is sure.