Standing Firm in Fearful Times

The Promised Strength and Redemption

Aug 11, 2023

“Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.'” (Isiah 35:4, NIV)

Today’s scripture is a powerful message of hope and salvation. In the middle of fear and uncertainty, God promises that He will come to our rescue.

The first part of the verse addresses “those with fearful hearts,” a description that captures all of us at various moments. Our hearts often tremble in the face of trials, uncertainties, and anxieties. These might be health problems, financial troubles, strained relationships, or deep-seated worries about the future. In these circumstances, it’s easy to allow fear to take over.

But the scripture gives us a command: “Be strong, do not fear.” This might seem easier said than done. How can we be strong amidst trying times? The answer lies in the assurance that follows – “Your God will come.”

God isn’t oblivious to our trials. He doesn’t stand at a distance, indifferent to our sufferings. On the contrary, He promises to come with vengeance and divine retribution. This language signifies God’s deep commitment to justice. It’s a promise that God will deal with all that causes us fear and suffering.

The verse culminates in a promise of salvation – “He will come to save you.” This ultimate promise points towards God’s enduring love and His desire for our wellbeing. Our fears and anxieties don’t have the final say. God does, and He is in the business of saving and delivering us.

As we step into the unknowns of today, let’s anchor ourselves in this profound promise. God will come. He will save. In Him, our fearful hearts can find courage and strength.

Wonder in the Word

What fears are you currently facing, and how does today’s scripture provide you with hope and assurance?