“But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.
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.
Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,
little Israel, do not fear,
for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
New International Version
What Is Isaiah 41:10 About?
This part of the Bible was written to weak, weary people who were afraid. They were on the brink of war. The little nation of Israel was divided into the northern and southern kingdoms. The northern kingdom had been sacked, destroyed, and trafficked off by the world power Assyria, and the same fate was facing the remnants of the southern kingdom.
Cue the soundtrack. This is God speaking: “Who stirred up one from the east whom victory meets at every step? …he tramples kings underfoot…he pursues them and passes on safely, by paths his feet have not trod” (v.2-3 ESV).
The king of Assyria seemed invincible. Yet God claimed to be the enabling power behind this king’s victories. In this verse, God is telling his people that he is in control of the most frightening and powerful man on the planet.
But that military might of a man kept marching on trembling nations, set to destroy. With war on the horizon, weapons were forged and fighters got to work (Isaiah 41:5-6). Fear was everywhere.
God continues his speech: “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God…’” (v.8-10).
God looked his nation in the eyes and said, “Don’t be afraid.” God’s argument here in Isaiah 41:10 is, “If what is so deeply scary to you is something I have complete authority over, and I am on your side, what do you have to fear?”
God repeats the same argument in the New Testament in Luke 12:4-5 (ESV), “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”
If there is anything to fear, it’s God himself. Throughout the Bible, we learn that God is in complete control over all things. Nothing happens outside his jurisdiction. He has charge over both body and soul. And if there’s anything we should fear, it would be that there is something wrong or lacking in our relationship with God. But when our relationship has been restored with God through Jesus Christ—through his his death on the cross and resurrection for the forgiveness of sin—there’s nothing left to fear.
If you have not bowed your knee to King Jesus, this invitation is God’s extended hand to you: believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved (Acts 16:31 ESV). If you have already crowned Jesus, Lord of your life, then this promise is for you: The Lord will strengthen you, help you, and uphold you with his righteous right hand, for “The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him” (Psalm 25:14).
So Do Not
by Alistair Begg
For Childhood Fears, Bible Memory Is Not Enough
by Camp Thornton at The Gospel Coalition
I am afraid
I put my trust in you.
PSALM 56:3 ESV
Away with Fear
by Charles Spurgeon, 1870
70’s | 80’s | 90’s
Do Not Fear
God Tells Us Not to Fear
by Angie Ryg at Unlocking the Bible
Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
I Am With You, I Am Your God
by John Piper
ISAIAH 7:14 NIV
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
MATTHEW 1:18-23 ESV
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).
as to our relationship with God is one of the most enfeebling and dispiriting of things.
It makes a man heartless.
It takes the pith out of him. He cannot fight; he cannot run.
He is easily dismayed
and gives way.
He can do nothing for God.
But when we know that we are of God,
we are vigorous, brave, invincible.
I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
Psalm 73:23 ESV
A Reason to
Not Be Afraid
by Matthew Henry
“For I am with thee.” This is a solid foundation of confidence, and if it be fixed in our minds, we shall be able to stand firm and unshaken against temptations of every kind.
In like manner, when we think that God is absent, or doubt whether or not he will be willing to assist us, we are agitated by fear, and tossed about amidst many storms of distrust.
But if we stand firm on this foundation, we shall not be overwhelmed by any assaults or tempests. And yet the Prophet [Isaiah] does not mean that believers stand so boldly as to be altogether free and void of all fear; but though they are distressed in mind, and in various ways are tempted to distrust, they resist with such steadfastness as to secure the victory.
By nature we are timid and full of distrust, but we must correct that vice by this reflection, God is present with us, and takes care of our salvation.
Means We Don’t Need to Know Fear
by William Barfield III (Trip Lee)
DEUTERONOMY 31:8 NIV
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Electronic Dance Music
Do Not Fear or Be Dismayed
JOSHUA 1:9 CSB
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
For I, the LORD your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say
I am the one
who helps you.”
ISAIAH 41:13 ESV
PSALM 89:11-14 CSB
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours. The world and everything in it—you founded them. North and south—you created them. Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name. You have a mighty arm; your hand is powerful; your right hand is lifted high. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; faithful love and truth go before you.
What God Means When He Says, “I Will Help You”
by Charles Spurgeon at The Gospel Coalition
I cling to you;
your right hand
ISAIAH 40:27-31 NKJV
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Where Does My Help
by Alistair Begg
Deuteronomy 33:26-29 NIV
“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew. Blessed are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights.”
The Book of Isaiah