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.
As an old farmer sat on his front porch, a stranger came along and asked, “How’s your cotton coming?” “Ain’t got none,” he replied. “Didn’t plant none. ‘Fraid of the boll weevil.” “Well, how’s your corn?” “Didn’t plant none of that either. ‘Fraid o’ drought.” “How about your potatoes?” “Ain’t got none. Scairt o’ tater bugs.” The stranger finally asked, “Well,what did you plant?” “Nothin,” answered the farmer. “I just played it safe.”
Isaiah was not called to “play it safe.” Instead, God called him to confront kings (7:3) and denounce mighty nations (34:1-2). All around him vast armies were on the move, and political scheming was rampant. Yet in the midst of all these intimidating situations, God said, “Don’t be afraid. I am with you.”
There are many things that cause fear; in fact, someone has estimated that the average person has at least 200 fears. Yet the answer to all of them is the same-God.
As the hymn writer so aptly put it, “Fear not, I am with thee-O be not dismayed, for I am thy God, I will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by my gracious, omnipotent hand.”
If God has called you to something, don’t be afraid. If He has called you to be single, don’t be afraid. He will stand in the gap. If He has called you to live alone, don’t be afraid. His company will comfort you. If He has called you to serve Him far from family and friends, don’t be afraid. He will be there for you. God has not called us to play it safe; He has called us to trust Him.
WHERE GOD HAS CALLED US, HE WILL KEEP US.