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Sometimes it pays to go outside your normal routine. I usually write the blog post first and then hand-letter the verse for you. Not this time.
A friend of mine requested Isaiah 41:10 a long time ago and I was waiting for God to give me something special to write about it. I did what I usually do when I study the Bible.
I prayed for God to give me wisdom and understanding. (James 1:5, Colossians 1:9)
I read the verses around it to get the context.
I read the notes in several different Bibles.
I looked it up in the commentaries.
I waited. I prayed. I waited.
Here we are several months later and my sweet friend has been very patient!
But now I have the coolest thing to share with you!
I’m here to tell you – It was well worth the wait!
Here’s the whole story. I decided to go ahead and hand-letter the verse before I wrote the blog post. After all, it was a request and was going to have to be done at some point, right?
Never mind the fact that if it sat for another month, I would probably change my hand-lettering-mind and want to do it in another style altogether! ha
But I started lettering – in pencil. Then erasing. Then re-lettering. Then crumpling the paper. Then starting over. Then erasing. Then re-lettering. (a glimpse into my oh-so-skillful process) When it gets close to looking halfway decent, then I pull out the pens and go over it.
Remind me to buy stock in erasers.
Here comes the cool part.
After I inked it in, it became clear as day!
I had been focusing on the strengthening, the helping, the upholding.
Take another look at this print and tell me what stands out 3 times!
I will, I will, I will.
Today I am NOT going to give you a list of “5 Ways to Conquer Fear.” Because it became clear that God doesn’t want YOU (or me) to do anything!
Let the I Am do His I will.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.
Kay Arthur says, “When fear hits, your first tendency is to react: to run; to call; to take some sort of action; even if it’s screaming, crying, or getting hysterical. “Be still” can be translated “cease striving.” The Christian life is to be one of rest, resting in Who He is, in what He has promised. For this, you have Jesus. Remember: The Son is there before the fear comes; He’ll not leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6). He’s your Helper, and He will be there when it’s all over — ever the same. As you get still, remember that over and over in the Word when God tells us to “fear not,” in the same breath He also tells us why. He says, “I am the Lord,” “I am with thee,” “I am thy shield,” etc. Fear not because your God is “I AM.” He is everything and anything you’ll ever need. “I AM” is His memorial name to all generations — even to ours (Exodus 3:14-15). God is never anything less than He has been in the past, and He never moves from His throne. He is in charge. He knows the cause of your fear, and He is there for you.”
Yes … He is everything and anything you’ll ever need.
Philippians 4:19: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
My only need is … Him!
He is all I’ll ever need – no matter what I think my needs are.
You may be doubting that – for whatever reason.
Ask God to build your faith.
Mark 9:24: “I believe; help my unbelief!”
He wants nothing more than to do that!
He meant it so much that He repeated it in Isaiah 41 a couple of verses later …
Isaiah 41:13: For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
He is the One who helps us. Not anyone else.
Sometimes we think we know better than God – or at least we act that way by not trusting.
If you read the whole chapter of Isaiah 41, you will see that Israel struggled with unbelief too. Verses 5-7 tell us that the people were afraid and they turned to one another and to worthless idols, which they themselves built.
So there was good news and bad news.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Even though Israel was exiled because of sin and unbelief, she still was not rejected by God. Since the covenant the Lord made was unconditional (Genesis 15), his descendants need not fear. The Lord remains their God (Isaiah 43:3) so He will continue to be with them (Isaiah 43:5) and strengthen (Isaiah 40:31), help (Isaiah 41:13-14), and uphold them.”
Bad news: sin + unbelief = exile
Good news: The Lord remains our God.
Let’s pray for God to build our faith, so we can learn this lesson, so we don’t have to keep learning this lesson (like the Israelites)!
And I have just the thing – I have put together a 30-Day Scripture Prayer Guide! It includes 30 different Bible verses written as prayers.
So let’s do it! Join me in praying every day for God to increase our faith.
1 John 5:14: And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
The hand-lettered print above?
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