As Cyrus of Persia and his army advanced across the Middle East, the nations turned to their impotent gods in abject fear; at the same time, Jehovah comforts Israel through the prophet Isaiah:
“But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend.
You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
“Behold, all those who were incensed against you
Shall be ashamed and disgraced;
They shall be as nothing,
And those who strive with you shall perish.
You shall seek them and not find them—
Those who contended with you.
Those who war against you
Shall be as nothing,
As a nonexistent thing.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
“Fear not, you worm Jacob,
You men of Israel!
I will help you,” says the Lord
And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
While it is easy to be overwhelmed by circumstances in the world, the words, “fear not,” reverberate throughout this passage.
God alone, as the “Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,” holds onto His Chosen People’s collective right hand as they face enemies. Based on His friendship with Abraham and choice of Jacob’s descendants, God not only promises to strengthen, uphold and help His Chosen People, but to vanquish their enemies.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.