Fear not, I will help you

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
— Isaiah 41:13 (NKJV)

There’s something inexplicably comforting about holding the hand of your child. I wouldn’t dream of letting Grace cross a road or car park unless her 5-year-old hand was safely enveloped in mine. You see, when we’re holding our kid’s hand, we’re in a position to protect them; if they stumble, we can right their step, if they get a little too close to the kerb we can bring them back and if any danger approaches we can pull them close and shield them from harm. There’s few things more agonising to a parent than seeing your child afar off and being helpless to intervene if they head into a road or start to fall 😩

In today’s verse we can clearly see God’s heart toward His children, toward me and you. He wants to protect us, to guide our paths and stop us wandering down the wrong ones and falling into situations we don’t want to get into. He wants us to be assured that He is always right there, never absent, never distant, an ever-present help in our time of need (Ps 46:1). He tells us to not to fear, for as long as we trust in Him He will help us 💪🏻

In the Bible the right hand symbolises power and the ability to provide. When God has hold of our right hand we become powerless to do life in our own effort but learn to lean into and rest in Him who can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or think (Eph 3:20), we trust in Him for our finances, our health, our career and our relationships. We seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and He gives us all we need (Matt 6:33) 😀

See God’s almighty power at work in your life, see Him holding your right hand, protecting, guiding, loving and providing, see Him always there at your side whatever you’re going through. In the midst of the most devastating circumstances praise Him that He isn’t on the sidelines routing for you, He’s right there beside you, holding your hand in His and saying to you “fear not, I will help you.” ❤️

Lightly Salted Christians

Lightly Salted Christians

Matthew 5:13 tells us that, as believers, we are “the salt of the earth.”

Christians are called to season this tasteless, fallen world; to add flavour to the lives of the people we touch.

A crisp without salt is bland - you’re just crunching your way through a fried potato slice 🥔 

A crisp with too much salt is overpowering - after eating two or three your mouth dries up and your body screams of the sodium overload 😨

A crisp that’s lightly salted, perfectly seasoned, is another matter. It’s enjoyed. It’s savoured. You want to keep on eating and before you know it you’ve demolished the whole bag 😮

Another in the Fire

Another in the Fire

Nebuchadnezzar was a king who was used to getting his own way, so you can imagine just how furious he was when these three young men defied his orders to worship the image he had made 😡

The preceding verse ends with Nebuchadnezzar asking them who the god was that would deliver them from his hands. And we’re all familiar with who that God was, and how faithful He was to deliver the three from a toasty-end, so much so that even the hair on their heads wasn’t singed nor did their clothes smell of fire (Dan 3:27) 🔥 

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego told the king that their God would deliver them, but even if He didn’t they wouldn’t serve or worship any other god. It sounds like they might have been in two minds as to whether God would deliver them, so…were they being double-minded? 🤔