Let the Lord Be Your Helper

Isa 41:10, 13

10 Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

13 I am holding you by your right hand--I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, `Do not be afraid. I am here to help you. NLT

This message was preached March 16, 2003, at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at ToulonBaptist.com  

With the threat of war and the new pneumonia on the scene along with the long standing problems of the economy and the threat of terrorism many people are afraid and dismayed.

Some have medical problems, others relational problems. Some are afraid for their children and their grandchildren. Each of us struggle with our own problems.

The last 27 chapters of the book of Isaiah are prophetic in nature and seem to be written to comfort the Israelites during their time of captivity and affliction by the Babylonians. The section begins with the words comfort, comfort my people.

Now these words were written primarily to the nation of Israel but have an application to the people of God in any age. If you are a child of God, These words are for you.

The scope of these verses is to silence the fears, and encourage the faith, of the servants of God in their distresses. Perhaps it is intended, in the first place, for the support of God's Israel, in captivity; but all that faithfully serve God through patience and comfort of this scripture may have hope. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

  1. Don't be afraid, for I am with you.
    1. This verse is plain in its meaning, and is full of consolation. It is to be regarded as addressed primarily to the exiled Jews during their long and painful captivity in Babylon; and the idea is, that they who had been selected by God to be his special people had nothing to fear. But the promise is one that may be regarded as addressed to all his people in similar circumstances, and it is as true now as it was then, that those whom God has chosen have nothing to fear. (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)
    2. God allows us to be troubled so that He can comfort us.
    3. In order to learn this lesson of faith, Israel must pass through the humiliation of an exile and the bondage of captivity in order to see that the deliverance of God through Cyrus reaffirms His covenant commitment to His people. Thus, He reassures Israel: I am with thee … I am thy God. 0Jerry Falwell, executive editor; Edward E. Hinson and Michael Kroll Woodrow, general editors, KJV Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1994.
  2. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    1. [Be not dismayed] The word rendered here 'dismayed' tishtaa` (OT:8159) is derived from shaa`aah (OT:8159), "to see, to look"; and then to 1 ook about as one does in a state of alarm, or danger. The sense here is, that they should be calm, and under no apprehension from their foes. (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)
  3. I will strengthen you. I will help you.
    1. God takes pleasure in helping His people.
    2. Deut 33:29 How blessed you are, O Israel! Who else is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your protecting shield and your triumphant sword! NLT
  4. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. I am holding you by your right hand I, the LORD your God.
    1. [With the right hand of my righteousness] With my faithful right hand. The phrase is a Hebrew mode of expression, meaning that God's hand was faithful, that it might be relied on, and would secure them. (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)
    2. Notice the relationship he speaks of "your God"
    3. But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says: "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isa 43: 1-3 NLT
  5. I say to you, `Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.
    1. Isa 51:12 "I, even I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear? NLT
    2. Psa 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation-- so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger-- so why should I tremble? NLT
    3. Psa 34:4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. 6 I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and he heard me. He set me free from all my fears. 7 For the angel of the Lord guards all who fear him, and he rescues them. NLT
    4. Psa 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. 2 So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. 3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! NLT