Richard Weirich

Why You Don’t Have to Be Afraid

Why You Don’t Have to Be Afraid

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13

In ancient times, the right hand was highly favored. You blessed with it, ate with it, and fought with it. The right hand was a symbol of power, authority, and strength. Dishonor and weakness were attributed to the left hand.

For those of us who were taught cursive writing, (no longer taught in our schools – don’t get me started) right-handedness was an asset. Remember, cursive letters slant to the right which makes left-handed writing uncomfortably difficult. Could it be that living in the computer age wasn’t the only reason for dropping cursive writing from the curriculum? Maybe it was an overdue concession to the left-handed among us.

Regardless of the reason, the point is that in Biblical times, the right hand was held in high regard. Consequently, when you’re told that the Lord “takes hold of your right hand,” that’s a big deal. He doesn’t just tap you on the shoulder and say, “Hey, buddy. Call me if you need me.” God wants you to know He is with you and places the highest priority on your most cumbersome burdens.

Consider the power of hand holding. Couples who walk hand in hand demonstrate a special bond that conveys comfort, trust, and  care.

We hold hands to comfort the bereaved, the infirm, the worried, and those who are frightened.

I’ll never forget that feeling of holding my boys’ hands when they were little. Helping them to walk and later on, keeping them close while crossing a busy street. In fact, that’s a picture of what God does for us when we’re struggling, frightened, or in need of protection. He holds our hand.

Sure, this divine hand holding is figurative, but it has a very literal effect. Strength. Comfort. Assurance. Help.

Have you ever told someone, “Don’t be afraid. Everything will be okay?” Sometimes we say those words to offer encouragement, but in our heart of hearts, we’re not sure things will really get better. I’ve even had people reply to me in those times with, “That’s easy for you to say,” or “You know that’s not true.”

I can understand why you wouldn’t want to take my word for it. I’m a mere mortal, very limited in my abilities to help. But will you take God’s word for it? He says, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

You say you have faith in God, but do you have faith in His words?

A common response to passages like Isaiah 41:13 is to discount it as not having been written for you. “God did that for somebody else back in the old days, but I don’t think he intended it for me. He meant that for one of His prophets.” If that’s what you believe, then which words of God from the Bible do you trust and how did you select them? There’s a name for that. It’s called Cherry Picking Faith.

Think about this. You believe you can trust God for your salvation and that you will go to heaven when you die. And then you’re not willing to believe that the God of all power, knowledge, and wisdom can help you here and now?

God is unchanging and unchangeable. Same today, yesterday, and forever. That means that God has not and will not change his mind. He will remain faithful to His promises.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) When you believed Him for salvation you entered into a faith relationship that says “I trust in You, believe You are who You say you are, and You will do what You say You will do.”

For more on this topic, check out this article: Your Thorn of Trouble that Won’t Go Away

Reach out to Him today. The Lord is ready to help. You don’t have to be afraid.

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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