So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
These words from the prophet Isaiah provide us with a wonderful guarantee that is designed to both comfort and challenge every child of God. Let’s take a look.
First, notice who has given us this guarantee of strengthening; it is none other than God Himself. Omnipotence has promised strength, and who would dare doubt such a guarantee? There is an endless stream of strength with Him who does not grow tired or weary (Isaiah 40:28), and that stream is not diminished in any way when He gives a portion of it to us.
Next, notice that we are not told in which season we will be strengthened. So we must take this promise to mean all seasons. God has promised to strengthen us in our seasons of successful service and in our seasons of sorrowful service. Whether we are basking in the warm sunlight of contentment or sloshing through storms of sadness, we have this guarantee from the Lord God Omnipotent: I will strengthen you!
This guarantee from God is to be a source of unimaginable comfort to every Christian, but it doesn’t stop there. It challenges us to rise above any obstacle that stands in our way, because our strength does not come from within; it comes from above. Human weakness is no obstacle to divine strength. In fact, 2 Corinthians 12:10 assures us that when we are weak, our God is strong, and He has promised to strengthen us, no matter what we are currently facing:
- The fearful are given courage.
- The doubting are given conviction.
- The lonely are given companionship.
- The weak are given confidence.
- The broken are given compassion.
- The fallen are given forgiveness.
These are just a few of the difficult seasons we face throughout life, and God has promised to give us the strength we need to see them all through.
So let me ask you a very important question right now: What strength are you in short supply of today? Fear not! God has promised to help you; take hold of that promise. Go to your Savior and ask Him, “Strengthen me supernaturally according to your Word!”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!