“Do not be afraid . . . do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer . . . (Isaiah 41:14)
I don’t know where this message finds you today and what need may be knocking at your door, but I do know the promise given to us from the prophet Isaiah: holy help is on the way! Now, beloved, it is one thing to hear from a friend who is willing to lend a helping hand or a colleague who stands ready to assist you. As welcome as their offers of aid are, it is another thing altogether to hear the omnipotent Creator God say to you, “I myself will help you.”
And, oh, how small a thing it is for our God to help us! Consider all that He has already done for us:
- He stepped down from His throne in heaven.
- He took on human flesh.
- He lived a sinless life.
- He died a sacrificial death.
- He was supernaturally raised from the grave.
- He ascended into heaven.
- He defeated sin, Satan, and death.
Even now, as our Lord Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father, He bears the marks of the cross on His body, making it perfectly clear just how willing and able He is to meet us in our deepest place of need. Know this, Christian: Jesus had you in His mind and on His heart even before the creation of the world, for He says, “Before the world began I chose you!” (Ephesians 1:4). If that is not enough to comfort you for the rest of your days, go over it again and again until you can rest in its truth.
Are you in need of strength? Omnipotence will meet you in your deepest place of need. Are you in need of wisdom? Jesus is the power and wisdom of God. Are you in need of comfort? Your Lord is ready to bring you cosmic comfort. Are you in need of direction? All you need to do is trust in Jesus and He will make your paths straight. Are you in need of peace? Jesus is ready to shower you with the peace that passes all understanding.
Regardless of the need, do not fear. Cast your cares before the Lord, and go forth this day in the confident assurance that holy help is on the way.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!