WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
AUGUST 31, 2023
FEAR NOT, GOD WILL HELP YOU
BY T. O. BANSO
“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ ‘Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,’ says the LORD and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 41:13-14 New King James Version).
When human beings are in difficult situations, they are often afraid and think of the worst that could happen. But a child of God should not fear because God will help him. The help of God will save in every situation. Numbers 21:34-35 says, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Don’t be afraid of Og. I will help you defeat him and his army, just as you did King Sihon who ruled in Heshbon. Og’s territory will be yours’ So the Israelites wiped out Og, his family, and his entire army-there were no survivors. Then Israel took over the land of Bashan” (Contemporary English Version). Note the phrase “Don’t be afraid of Og. I will help you defeat him.” Whatever or whoever is your Og, don’t be afraid; God will help you defeat it or him/her.
Whatever your situation is, don’t be afraid; God will help you. In Deuteronomy 31:23, the Lord told Joshua, “Be brave and strong! I will help you lead the people of Israel into the land that I have promised them” (Contemporary English Version). He kept His promise. He helped Joshua all through.
God always wants to help you through divine intervention and divine involvement. Divine intervention is the help of God in crisis time. Divine involvement or participation is the regular help of God when things are going well. You should not ask for the help of God only when you are in crisis.
In normal times, the help of God is not always spectacular, and this is why people don’t often acknowledge the help of God. But He is at work, helping you, especially in situations people often describe as coincidence or accident. Someone has rightly said that coincidence is God’s way of making himself anonymous! There is nothing like coincidence; it’s God at work unannounced.
You will always need God. The psalmist prayed: “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion” (Psalm 20:1-2 New King James Version).
But you don’t have to wait for a crisis before you access or ask for the help of God, for His help is always available to those who acknowledge their need for it. “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” (Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version).
Hear what verses 13-14 say: “For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ ‘Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,’ says the LORD and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” (New King James Version).
Did you notice one refrain in the two scriptures you’ve just read? This is: Fear not. There should be no fear for those whom God helps. Fear not, God will help you. Isaiah 44:2 says, “Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen’” (New King James Version).
What are you currently afraid of? Are you afraid of that project, exam, or interview? What is it that is making you afraid? What you need is the help of God. When God helps you, you are helped indeed. Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (New King James Version). There is no reason to fear because God is willing to help you. When God helps you, all things will work together for your good, not against you.
Fear not, God will help you. There is help for you in God. Instead of being afraid, cry to God for help. The Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 whose daughter was severely demon-possessed came to Jesus and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” (Verse 25). The psalmists asked for the help of God; don’t be afraid to do the same (Psalms 22:19; 38:22; 40:13; 59:4; 70:1; 71:12; 109:26). David said, “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies” (2 Samuel 22:4; Psalm 18:3). In every situation, don’t be afraid. Trust in God; cry to Him, and He will help you. The Holy Spirit is the Helper of those who believe in Jesus (John 14:16, 26; 15:26, 16:7). Fellowship with Him.
Fear not, God will help you. “For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed” (Isaiah 50:7 New King James Version). Verse 9 says, “Surely the Lord God will help Me; who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; the moth will eat them up” New King James Version). Fear not, God will help you.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, You are my helper; I will not fear any situation; help me. Father, You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, help me. Strengthen me, help me, and uphold me with Your righteous right hand.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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