Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
I remember years ago when I was in graduate school for Counseling. I had a professor who was quite difficult. She was prone to zeroing in on a student and then ripping him or her to shreds, seemingly out of the blue. It was my night, and rip she did. It was nearing the end of my program, and there had been many obstacles to my finishing. They seemed to be spiritual obstacles, and I was trying to march through them valiantly.
But this rip fest shook me. I got home and I fell apart. I cried out to God and I said something to the effect of, “God, I have to know you’re there. Give me something.” And this is the verse He gave me, this exact verse. He spoke it loud and strong to me. It meant everything to me. In that moment I knew He would get me through that battle and whatever battle stood ahead of finishing. And He did.
Fast forward almost thirty years later. I was praying with a woman in jail who had just been sentenced to 25 years in prison. What she had done warranted it. When she had come into the county jail, she was a mess. But she was leaving a new creation. Jesus had gotten a hold of her.
We had read and claimed this verse before she went to her sentencing and now we read it again before she went to prison. Does she still have a ways to go? Yes. But Jesus goes with her. This verse has been a mainstay so many times!
Can you remember a time when you were truly fearful? Where what faced you was way more than you could handle? To be dismayed means to be horrified, unnerved, filled with fear and distress and being at a loss at how to deal with something. This promise is like Superman coming in for a rescue, but Superman isn’t real. God is. And that’s great news. God takes a hold of you with His righteous right hand.
Get this: The creator of the universe promises to subdue our fears, to strengthen us and to uphold us with His righteous right hand. He was promising this to Israel collectively, but 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us, All the promises of God find their ‘yes’ in Jesus. That means God’s character and promises were fulfilled in Jesus for all of us.
What about God’s righteous right hand? Exodus 15:6 reads, Your right hand, O Lord is glorious in power, Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy. And Exodus 15:12 goes on to say, You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them. And check out Deuteronomy 33:2: The Lord came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; He shone forth from Mount Paran; He came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at His right hand.
When John saw Jesus, he fell at His feet as though dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last,’ as Revelation 1:17 reports. Jesus strengthened John with His right hand.
Throughout the book of Revelation Jesus uses His right hand, like in Rev. 5:1, in the right hand of Him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. It seems to symbolize strength, sovereignty and authority.
When you are in over your head, call on God, reminding yourself and God that you are His child and that He has promised to strengthen you, to help you and take a hold of you with His righteous, strong and ruling right hand. Write this verse out and post it everywhere, quote it to yourself and tell Satan to get lost. You can take this promise to the bank.