“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 with My victorious right hand.”
Kelloggs and other leading Cereal brands, often write on their packaging that eating a portion of their breakfast cereal ‘is the best way to start your day’! Undeniably, eating a good hearty breakfast is a great way to start your day, however, there is no better way to start your day, than filling yourself with truths from God’s word, such as today’s key verse; Knowing that God is with us, loves us, and strengthens us! What could be a better way to start your day than that?!
The Israelites too, would have been equally encouraged hearing these prophetic words from Isaiah. Despite of their suffering and persecution, they could take courage in the knowledge that not only was God with them, they were in His victorious hands. Where better to find safety, comfort and strength. The same hands that flung stars into space, that took the nails for us on the cross, is the same hands that uphold us when we fall or don’t have the strength to carry on.
Yet there is even better news. God didn’t only want the Israelites to survive, but also to thrive. It is no use to be safe and in a place of comfort, yet be stagnant. God saves us with His victorious right hand, because He called us to serve Him with our lives. It is not something we should be fearful about, because we approach our callings from a standpoint of victory, already won through the cross. Moreover, God already knows the plans He has for us, and is equipping us, daily, to live in the fullness of all He has for us.