"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Why You Can Trust the Promises of God

Sunday Scripture

If eyes could wear out a page, there would be a hole in my old maroon Bible where Isaiah 41:10 lives:

“Fear not, for I am with you;

    be not dismayed, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Anxiety was my default until my life was turned upside down by a God who works best with empty things. I brought him nothing. He gave me the gift of himself, and with that came a core of strength that has stood me up when I wanted to sit down and kept me faithful when I wanted to give up.

Scripture verses are not magic words. Isaiah 41:10 is a gust of worthless wind unless it points to a God who keeps the shimmering promises written on the Bible’s thin, silky pages, so let’s devote the rest of your time here to context. If, by faith, you have been folded into the family of God, many of the promises God makes to “Jacob” or “Israel” apply to his church as well. You can believe him for strength, certainty, and a powerful upholding because of who he is. Feast on his self-revelation in these selected verses from Isaiah 41:

Listen to me in silence, O coastlands;
    let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
    let us together draw near for judgment.

Who stirred up one from the east
    whom victory meets at every step?
He gives up nations before him,
    so that he tramples kings underfoot;
he makes them like dust with his sword,
    like driven stubble with his bow.
He pursues them and passes on safely,
    by paths his feet have not trod.
Who has performed and done this,
    calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord, the first,
    and with the last; I am he.

 For I, the Lord your God,
    hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
    I am the one who helps you.”

Fear not, you worm Jacob,
    you men of Israel!
I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord;
    your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge,
    new, sharp, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
    and you shall make the hills like chaff;
you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away,
    and the tempest shall scatter them.
And you shall rejoice in the Lord;
    in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.

When the poor and needy seek water,
    and there is none,
    and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them;
    I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
    and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
    and the dry land springs of water.
I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
    the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive.
I will set in the desert the cypress,
    the plane and the pine together,
that they may see and know,
    may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
    the Holy One of Israel has created it.

This is the Word of the Lord.
It is absolutely true, and it is given to us in love.
Thanks be to God.

Michele Morin

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35 thoughts on “Why You Can Trust the Promises of God”

  1. I am so very grateful for His many promises which bring peace and encouragement as I turn to them again and again. His Word sustains me day by day. Blessings today, Michele!

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  2. A wonderful chapter of hope! Even as we face uncertain times that may lead to great change and upheaval in our country, it is GOD who is sovereign over all, the first and the last. He is with us and will give us strength to endure and help us through until we reach our heavenly home or Christ returns. (Isaiah 41:10 is one of my favorite promises too, Michele!)

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  3. Thank you, Michele, for sharing these powerful verses of hope and promise. Our God is definitely large and in charge, and we do well, especially in these troubled times, to remember that.
    Blessings!

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  4. I like the old saying that not all of God’s Word was written TO me, but all of it was written FOR me. It is supernatural and living. The God of Creation still speaks to me through words written millenniums ago. How amazing is that!

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  5. I like how so many words – from bloggers, quotes on social media, my own bible study – are reminding me of God’s strength and guidance in all times. Thank you.

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  6. Michele,
    Beautiful Sunday scripture read on a Monday. Isaiah 41:10 brings such comfort when we are shaken empty and have nothing to offer God. He is our strength. Though painful, getting to this point of emptiness is what enables us to grow in Him.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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  7. We can find so much comfort in the promises of God, Michele! I love studying them, but this one you’ve shared is one I’ve not taken the time to study before. I’ll have to examine this more deeply to mine for God’s gems! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love hearing God described as “a God who works best with empty things.” So beautiful and so true! I have been feeling more anxiety than usual too. I am going back and reading the verses from Isaiah tonight. Thank you!

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  10. Awww, Michele, Isaiah 41:10 is a verse I’ve come back to time and again for that reminder of who God is, and who He is in our lives. Thank you for the reminders of His faithfulness and that promises are “yes and amen” complete in Him.

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  11. Isaiah 41:10 is a passage that has come to mind over and over again throughout my Christian life. I love that phrase: ” a God who works best with empty things.” And I love the thought that His Words are an outflow of who He is, and therefore good and true and trustworthy.

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  12. Beautifully written! I love this —>”You can believe him for strength, certainty, and a powerful upholding because of who he is.” God is “I am.” and that is enough for me.

    I love seeing what books you are reading. I hope my book will be there in the near future. 🙂

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  13. Oh Michele .. yes! I love Isaiah 41:10, along with the rest of the chapter. These lines caught my eye this time through: “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Such beautiful comfort from our heavenly Father.

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