Isaiah 41:10 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.
This is a repeat of the ‘most common command / most common promise’ pair that we saw a few weeks ago. God is essentially saying ‘If I’m with you, what have you got to worry about?’ Furthermore, he promises to be with us to strengthen, help and uphold. And this is God talking.
The ‘loop’ I mentioned recently is here: Most Common Command
Always reminds me of a story Jim Berg told in an introduction to Biblical Counseling course that some of us took a number of years ago. Berg tells about a time he was taking a group of students to an off-campus event. Something bad happened while Berg was driving – perhaps an oncoming car in his lane. Berg had to brake hard and swerve onto the shoulder. While this was happening the group of students in the van panicked – screaming and crying out. Berg narrowly missed the oncoming vehicle and got back into his lane. Then he pulled off to the side of the road and said “In the future, while I’m driving, I’d like to encourage you not to panic until I do.”
That’s the way it is when we are walking with the God of these promises. We don’t have to panic until he does. And . . . .