Isaiah 41:5-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 The coastlands saw it and feared, The ends of the earth were afraid; They drew near and came.
6 Everyone helped his neighbor, And said to his brother, “Be of good courage!”
7 So the craftsman encouraged the goldsmith; He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil, Saying, “It is ready for the soldering”; Then he fastened it with pegs, That it might not totter.
8 “But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend.
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Who, but God, knows what life or the future holds.
--Some fear the future; their health, job, economy.
--The world situation can make us fearful, indeed.
--Yet our tomorrows with its uncertainty, should hold no fear, to those whose faith is stayed on the Lord.
--God says, "Fear not," hundreds of times in His Word.
--One of my favorites is Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
--In God, you and I may face life unafraid.
However, some things we should fear - like fire, disease, sin, Satan.
--Jesus said, "Fear him (Satan) who is able to destroy soul, and body, in hell" (Matthew 10:28).
--We should also fear of displeasing the Lord God.
--"Fear the Lord God, keep His commands" (Deut. 6:2).
Some fear has always been a part of life.
--Adam, in the Garden when he disobeyed God, hid away from God; when God found him, said, "I was afraid."
--Little ones are afraid, naturally. Taught not to.
--To live as fully unafraid, is by the supernatural.
Isaiah 41 was written in tough times, like ours.
--Look at verse 5, "ends of the earth were afraid."
--What did they do? "Everyone helped his neighbor."
--Said to one another, "Be of good courage" (v 6).
--Listened as God said, "I have chosen you." Yes, all.
--Then verse 10, "Fear not, for I am with you ..."
---Great verse! We chose it as a verse for the year.
We admire brave folks like our troops and astronauts.
--Col. James Irwin of Apollo XV, walked on the moon!
--Remember that? Amazing feat. Changed his life.
--Up close to God, he looked on this tiny earth, all humanity below; on his return, to now win souls!
--"Born again," James Irwin left being a celebrity.
--His desire became to get youth and adults saved!
--To get people of earth to walk with God to heaven!
--Friend, God calls us all. Jesus said, "Follow Me."
Say with the Psalmist, "God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid" (12:2), Friend, it works.
--We can tremble and fear. Or we can trust and obey.
--A God, and Savior like Jesus, can give us victory.
--Here are five reasons why we can win over fear.
I. BECAUSE GOD IS WITH US. "Fear not, I am with you."
--The One, Living and True God, made that promise.
--Not man-made. But the God Who made man. All of us.
--He is the Creator of all things. Eternal. Holy.
--A God of love, for us all. We can't say or do this.
--But God has said it. And God does it, as no other!
In Isaiah God says, "Fear not, I am with you."
--We need not be afraid of trouble. Why so?
--"God is a present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
--Got any trouble? Don't fear it, give it to Jesus.
--Think of all Jesus helped when on this earth!
--He's still the same, "yesterday, today, forever."
We need not fear any man. Or, what man can do.
--For those who know the Lord, "What can man do?"
--"Who can be against us, when God is for us" (Romans 8:31). With faith fully in the Lord, God guides.
We need not fear death. It holds fear for some.
--Listen to the Psalmist, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil."
--Why this confidence? "For Thou art with me."(23).
--Didn't our Savior Who died for our sins, arise?
--Did He not say, "Because I live, you will also"?
We need not fear the future. Whatever it may hold.
--When our God promises, "I am with you," He is!
--A year ago, many wondered what was ahead, didn't we?
--Yet, trusting the Lord day by day, He saw us through.
We each have trials. The key is how we handle them.
--We can grumble, blame God. Or pray, and trust Him.
--Consider the oyster, it puts up with irritations.
--In time, turns hurtful sand into a lovely pearl.
--God may be working something beautiful in us, too.
--Our attitude to adversity makes us or breaks us.
--God does not send trouble. He helps us in it.
--"Fear not, I am with you." Not against us, for us!
II. FEAR NOT, BECAUSE THIS GOD IS GOD. "I am .. God."
--God says, "I am with you .. I am your God."
--He is saying, "I am the God for you. Come to Me."
I love the hymn, "How Firm a Foundation," don't you?
--Did you know it is based on Isaiah 41:10?
There are many gods out there of all kinds.
--People look for one that gives more pleasure, or demands less of them; but what kind of god is that?
--Some try to live without god. Or be their own god!
--May I say, in the end, the God Jesus revealed is the very best, in every way! The Risen, Living God.
He loved us so much He died for us. Arose, alive!
--No other has ever lived sinless, did what Jesus did.
--By His Spirit within, helps us fight dread diseases.
--Helps us face sorrow and loneliness. Be at ease.
--To win, over some evil habit, or temptation.
--To keep sweet to unpleasant persons or conditions.
--To be God, our Guardian and our Guide.
A God to love. Revere. Worship. Praise. Glorify.
--Who can change sinners into saints - forgiven.
--A God Who has a "plan for good, not evil" for us.
--A God Who feels our pain, "by His stripes, heals."
--One "Who ever lives to make intercession for us."
Is this God of the Bible Jesus reveals, your God?
--This God is God. He says, "I am .. God" (v. 10).
--I am so glad that He is mine. Let's hear Peter.
--He said to Jesus, "Lord, to Whom shall we go? You. have the words of eternal life" (John 6:68).
-Again in Acts 4:-12, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Jesus!
III. WE FEAR NOT BECAUSE GOD WILL STRENGTHEN US.
--"I will strengthen you." Do you need strength?
--Call on Him. God has strength, to share with us.
--God says, "As thy days, so shall thy strength be."
--"God is our refuge and strength" (Psalm 46:1).
May I say, God's promise of strength does not mean we will not get old, or ill, or have no problems.
--We will. These things come to us all, some time.
--In the Lord, we can face them unafraid!
--So many times this verse has comforted me and others.
--"Fear not, for I am with you .. to strengthen you."
--And "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear .. he who fears has not been made perfect in love" (I John 4:18). Also a great verse to know.
IV. GOD SAYS, "FEAR NOT, I WILL HELP YOU."
--These days, who is it that doesn't need help!
--Why go it alone? God says, "I will help you" (10,13).
--He is "able to do .. above all we ask or think."
--To help us physically, financially, mentally, spiritually, maritally - for He is "Almighty, All-rise."
Charles Bingham, M.D., writes, "Worry, fear, anger are the greatest disease causers! If we had perfect faith we would not worry. Faith is a great healer, of body, mind, and spirit." That's good medicine, doctor!
Maybe today you don't need much help. But you will.
--Keep healthy. Eat right. Live right. Be happy.
--Be faithful in worship, Bible study, and prayer.
--Be sure you are saved. Help others to find Christ.
--God hasn't promised a "rose garden," only His help.
V. FACE LIFE UNAFRAID, BECAUSE GOD WILL UPHOLD US.
--"Fear not ... I will uphold you with my right hand.
--"Uphold you." What does that mean?
--It means, God will keep us from "falling" but if we do fall, the Lord is there to lift us up and uphold.
--We all can slip and slide into doubts and sin.
--We can get down and discouraged. Let God uphold you.
Friend, I love, and want to serve, a God like that.
--We need a God like that. Like Jesus Who loves us.
--The One Who "holds the whole world in His hands."
--He can hold you. Hold me. If we are "born again."
--When we love God, as He loves us, we live unafraid!
--I ask you, would you like that? You can have it.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going to God.
Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 347