Scripture

Isaiah 41:13

13 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.

Reflection

Each day this week we’ll be reading a passage from Isaiah 41 and we’ll include today’s verse as the launching point. As we read, keep in mind that, just like us, Isaiah the prophet experienced a great many ups and downs in his personal and professional life. The life of a prophet was marked with struggle and isolation. But, get this…even alongside all the difficulties, Isaiah experienced a deep, personal, growing relationship with God, and so can we!

 

In today’s passage, Isaiah shares God’s words of assurance, closeness, and loving care for the Hebrew people. These were the same people who had often overlooked or neglected God. But, God never gave up on them.

 

As I read these words from Isaiah, I can receive them as if they were spoken directly to me. Through the imagery and giftedness of this writer, I can imagine the warmth and strength of God’s hand taking hold of my own. And, I can hear God say these reassuring words to me, personally: “Do not fear, I will help you.”

 

But, let’s be honest. Most of us have not really been looking for help. It’s much more likely that we’ve been hiding from it. So don’t miss that subtle description of God’s reach. God doesn’t wait for me to be the first to reach out. God just knows I need help and reaches out to take hold of my hand.

 

How does it feel to you to hear these words from God today?   

 

In what part of your life do you most need God to take you by the hand and help you? 

Prayer

Lord God, guide me to notice your presence and accept your help as you take hold of my hand today. I will praise you and serve my neighbor throughout this day. Amen.