comfort & confidence

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.'” (Isaiah 41:13, NIV)

What scares you? For Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, it was a lighted match. For Indiana Jones, it was snakes. Many of us have things that scare us…things like snakes and unbridled flames. But I think the things that scare us the most lie deeper within; things like loneliness, insecurity, and rejection. And that seems to fit. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus taught about not fearing the things that might be able to damage your body, but that which kills your soul. This is why it is so important to remember that even though things that can hurt you on the outside pale in comparison to those that can hurt you on the inside.

In today’s verse, we read a message from God to the prophet Isaiah. God told Isaiah not to fear the outward things, because He is there to take his hand and help. Yes, there could be things happen that would hurt the outside, but God looked to protect Isaiah’s heart and soul.

Personally, I love how the idea of God taking Isaiah’s hand shows up here. We see a connection with the Almighty that helps us see that God is working on both the outside and inside. By taking Isaiah’s hand, the Lord not only provided a physical comfort, but a spiritual confidence working — do I dare say? — hand-in-hand.

Something I want to point out here has to do to the reference of the right hand. There are more than 165 references to the right hand in Scripture. As a southpaw myself, this should not discourage anyone whose dominant hand is the left. Looking beyond the surface, the right hand is symbolic of ruler-ship, authority, sovereignty, blessing, and strength, and is significant in Scripture. Whether you are dominant right or left-handed, the reality ensures that God wants to take your hand and help you.

What scares you? Don’t fear the things that can only hurt your body. Let God take you by the hand to give you not just the physical comfort to face the future unafraid, but also to give you the spiritual confidence to stand strong, knowing the help you have is an eternal and all-powerful help.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving me both the physical comfort and spiritual confidence that you are with me, no matter what comes my way. I thank you for this I the name of Jesus. Amen.