Greetings to all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with my righteous hand” (Isaiah 41: 10). The Covid -19 virus has created a worldwide fear of this deadly virus. Many have lost their lives and still the virus is affecting many. For several months, Churches were closed. We are unable to gather in our Church for worship services. Even people with a strong faith need encouragement. The prophet Isaiah was God’s messenger to Israel. The people of Israel experienced some very
bad times. In those times, God gave his people encouragement through Isaiah. During this pandemic, we are somewhat like the Israelites. We need a message of hope and encouragement.
1. God does not want us to be afraid (Isaiah 41:10). Those words can also be found in Deuteronomy 31: 6-8 . Jesus often said to His disciples, “Fear not”. During this pandemic and any other time of uncertainty, God says “Fear not”.
2. God is always with us. “Fear not I am with you.” . God promises to be with those who belong to Him. Jesus says in Matthew 28:20 ,” I am with you always even to the end of the age”. In Hebrews 13: 5 we find these words “ I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Isaiah 43: 2 says when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the
rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
3. We should not allow ourselves to be distressed (Isaiah: 41: 9,10). Any time God’s people take their eyes off Him and look at circumstances around them, they can easily become dismayed or distressed. We all know the story of Peter walking on the water. He did very well as long as he focused his eyes on Jesus. Suddenly Peter started looking at the
stormy water and down he went. In distress, Peter cried out to Jesus to save him. When you begin to be distressed, call on the Lord.
4. Bad times will come, but the Lord is ready to help us (Isaiah: 41: 10) here God promised to strengthen us. He will help us. He will uphold us with the right hand of his righteousness. Those promises God meant for His people. That should be all that we need even today. When God’s people begin to fear, they often have no strength.
So God said He would be their source of strength. When God’s people are fearful they often don't know what they should do. So God said He would be their source of help. When God’s people are afraid, they often fall. So God said He would hold them up with His own right hand No one knows how long this deadly virus will continue. It has affected our lives in many ways. These are times when we need the promises God has given His people in His word and believe that they are true. The promise found in Isaiah : 41 :10 is just as valid today as it was to the people of God in Isaiah’s day. Trust what God has said in Isaiah 41:10. Don't be afraid because I am with you. Don’t look around , because I am your God. I will strengthen you when you are weak. I will help you when you don’t know where to turn. I will uphold you when you fall.
May God bless you all
Yours in Christ service,
Rev. Santhosh Joseph