Do you turn to the Lord in times of need, trouble and fear? Do you only turn to Him in the bad times? God is so good, He is so great remaining in the shelter of His love is marvelous whether storms rage around you or weather the sun shines brightly on you.
The Lord always has and always will come through. He saved Israel time and again. Hasn’t He done the same for you? How many times has He rescued you, provided for you, brought you through, and done other miracles for you? He is The Almighty LORD. You have nothing to fear. Remember who God is and what He has done. He describes Himself in verse 4.
“Who has performed and done this,
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord, the first,
and with the last; I am he.”
While other people must encourage one another and say, “The work of your own hands will save you,” the children of the Everlasting King of kings can say, “The Lord saved me and He keeps me.” We can encourage one another and best of all we can look to The Holy God of Israel for our hope. Verses 8-10 read,
“But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, “You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
10 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.”
God chose you! He brought you from where you were and saved you. He is with you. You have nothing to fear. Do not be discouraged, saddened, or anxious because God strengthens and upholds you.
He doesn’t want you to be concerned with your enemies. He will take care of them. You don’t have to look for a fight. God has done your fighting for you. Your enemies have no power against you, because The Lord holds all the power. Verse 13 reads,
“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.”
You may feel weak and lowly, but your Redeemer is The LORD and He is transforming you from worm to threshing sledge (a device used to separate the grain from the straw in ancient farming). He won’t transform you to just any sledge but a brand new one with sharp teeth that can level the mountains and flatten the hills. He will use you as His weapon to blow your enemies like the husks of the seeds that fly away in the wind.
You do not have to be concerned for your needs. God meets them. He satisfies even the thirstiest throat. Verse 17 reads,
“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.”
He puts the rivers and springs in place. He plants the trees. He can provide for you regardless if you are in the desert or the wilderness. It is The Lord who made the world and He can provide for you no matter your circumstances.
Verse 20 says,
“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.”
Don’t look to yourself to save you. Don’t look to the work of your own hands to rescue you. Don’t look to your idols, your earthly kings and governments. Look to The LORD, Who Was and Is and Is To Come.