March 20 – Held in God’s Hands

Isaiah 41: 10 (New American Standard Bible NASB)

Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 (New Living Translation NLT)

“ Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 (The Message)

Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

As a young mom, I experienced a time of depression, that may have been postpartum depression – something they didn’t talk about way back then. This verse was my rock and foundation through that period of my life. I copied it out on a card and taped it to my frig. I also had a small imitation vase of daffodils that I set in the room where I spent most of my time playing with my girls. Those daffodils reminded me of spring, a time of renewal. I still have those daffodils and they come out every spring and are placed somewhere I can see them often. They are a reminder that God was with me then, and is with me now.

These days I don’t turn the TV on to a news channel until later in the day to catch up on the latest news about Covid-19. It’s all you hear on the news channels all day long, and that’s way too much to listen to. Now they’re saying it may be months before things return to normal. That’s scary! How long will restaurants, movie theaters, sports facilities, Parks and Rec activities, social events, etc. be shut down? Will I be able to have friends over if we have to stay 2 meters apart?

It’s easy to see how we can be anxious, afraid, panicking. And that is what this verse addresses. I like The Message translation of the verse. “Don’t panic. I’m with you.” God is with us. His Holy Spirit lives within us. You can’t get closer than that. “There’s no reason to fear for I’m your God”. We need to stop and comprehend – as much as we can – just who God is. When we realize who God actually is, we can calm down because we know that God will “hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”

To help remind us who God really is, I’ve copied a section from gotquestions.org that talks about this. It’s good to refresh ourselves even though we may think we know it all:

“First, God exists. The Bible never argues for God’s existence; it simply states it. The fact that God is should be self-evident through the works He has created (Psalm 19:1-6). Genesis
1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is a simple yet powerful statement. The universe includes time, space, matter, and energy, so that all discernible elements in the universe came into being by God’s decree. Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity states that all time, space, and matter had a definite, simultaneous beginning. What has a beginning has a cause. That is the law of causality, and the fact of God easily explains the ultimate cause. God is the creator of all that is, and so we know something else about Him: He is almighty (Joel 1:15), He is eternally self-existent (Psalm 90:2), and He exists above and beyond all of creation (Psalm 97:9).

The same God who made all things also controls those things. He is sovereign (Isaiah 46:10). He who creates an item owns it and has power to utilize it as he sees fit. The ultimate cause has ultimate authority. In Isaiah 44:24 God presents Himself as the One “who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.” The next verse says that He “overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense.” This is obviously a God with power to do as He pleases.

God is spirit (John 4:24) and cannot be represented by any created thing; in fact, the attempt to create such a representation is blasphemous (Exodus 20:4-6). God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is all-knowing (1 John 3:20) and all-present (Psalm 139:7-13). He is holy and glorious (Isaiah 6:3). He is just (Deuteronomy 32:4) and will justly judge all sin and unrighteousness (Jude 1:15). …

When Jesus entered our world, He showed us the Father (John 14:7-9). Through Jesus, we understand that God seeks to save the lost (Luke 19:10). He is compassionate (Matthew 14:14),

He is merciful (Luke 6:36), and He is forgiving (Matthew 9:1-8). At the same time, Jesus shows us that God will judge unrepentant sin (Luke 13:5) and that God is angry with those who live falsely and refuse to acknowledge the truth (Matthew 23).

Most of all, Jesus showed us that God is love (1 John 4:8). It was in love that God sent His Son into the world (John 3:16). It was in love that Jesus died on the cross for sinners (Romans 5:8). It is in love that He still calls sinners to repentance to experience the grace of God and to be called the children of God (1 John 3:1).”

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