9/13 Isaiah 41:10

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.

The Assyrians were conquering nation after nation, and it looked like they were on their way to subjugate the entire world. But God spoke to Israel and told them that they were not to fear. They were His chosen people. If God is holding your right hand, you have nothing to fear. Those whom God assists will be victorious.

Though the prophecy was for the descendants of Abraham, it can also apply to all who place their faith in God. He promised to be near those who are of a broken spirit and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17). He holds our right hand (Isaiah 41:13) while upholding us with His right hand. Can you picture that? No wonder we should not fear or be dismayed. The God who upholds the universe is upholding us!

The next time you find yourself wondering how you will endure the circumstances you face, return to this promise. Picture it in your mind once again. Meditate on the "I will" promises. He will strengthen you, help you, and uphold you with His right hand. If God is with us, who can be against us? Regardless of what happens, He will see us through. The cross of Jesus looked like the end of His ministry and the defeat of all that was good. No circumstance could appear darker, but they brought about the greatest spiritual victory in history. God took hold of the lifeless right hand of Jesus and upheld and strengthened His body even as He transformed it into an eternal body.

Remember: Whatever you are facing, don't be dismayed. Trust in the presence of God with you to see you through to victory!