“But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:8–10, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The immediate context is clearly the “descendants of Abraham [God’s] friend.” But what about us, those who do not trace our lineage back to Abraham? Are we called? Are we chosen? Will we be rejected? If we are “in” Christ, that is born again, the answers to these questions are just as clear, yes, yes and no. For we have been “grafted in!” As such, we claim the same benefits. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
And that is a comforting thought. For there is much in this life to otherwise be afraid of. Things that can easily dismay us. But we can draw our strength from Him, and He will uphold us. It may be in unexpected ways, and not be as “timely” as we might like, but we have His word on it. And at just the right time…
My Advice – There is nothing we can give in exchange for these benefits. We must surrender. If you have not done so, now is “just the right time” to do so.