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FEAR NOT: Though God DISCIPLINES Us, God never DESERTS Us


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FEAR thou NOT; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded:
they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee:
they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee, FEAR NOT; I will help thee.
FEAR NOT, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee,
saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”
~ Isaiah 41:10-14

FEAR NOT: Though God DISCIPLINES Us, God never DESERTS Us

God had prophesied through Isaiah that the Israelites would be defeated by the Babylonians/Chaldeans and taken into captivity because of their sins against Him.

BUT, God also PROMISED to help them through the difficulties they were going to face, before, during and after the captivity. Accordingly, in this beautiful passage of Scripture, God tells them to FEAR NOT because, despite their punishment, He would never desert (abandon) them.

He sent prophets like Ezekiel and Daniel, to give them His Word. God placed men like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah in key positions of the Babylonian government so that His people would always have someone to look out for them (Daniel 1-2). He inspired Levites (effectively, their church leaders) to write beautiful Psalms for them to sing and to reflect on their relationship with God (e.g., Psalm 42-43).

Eventually, God put Cyrus the Mede into power, so that he would fulfill the prophecy spoken by Isaiah and send them home to Judah (Isaiah 44:21-45:13). And God gave them leaders, righteous men to lead them home (Ezra, Ezra 1-10) and to re-establish Israel (Nehemiah, Zerubbabel, Joshua the Priest: e.g., Ezra 3, Nehemiah 1-13, Haggai 1-2 and Zechariah 3-4).

God kept His promises to the Israelites and He will keep these same promises to Believers today. So, as we face the challenges of life, let us hold on to these promises of God:

FEAR NOT, The LORD is with us
FEAR NOT, The LORD is our God
FEAR NOT, The LORD will strengthen us
FEAR NOT, The LORD will help us
FEAR NOT, The LORD will uphold us with the right hand of HIS righteousness.
FEAR NOT, The LORD will hold our right hand
FEAR NOT, The LORD will help us
FEAR NOT, The LORD will help us

This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible. 

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