Isaiah 41:10, 29 NIV
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.
See, they are all false!
Their deeds amount to nothing;
their images are but wind and confusion.
"Do not fear." There will be opposition, but do not fear. There will be armies who come against you, but do not fear. There will be spiritual powers that oppose you, but do not fear. The gods of this world are nothing. They cannot know the future. Their images are just images. Their power is built on lies. They offer nothing but "wind and confusion."
But God... God is the one who knows the end from the beginning. God is the one who acts. He is the one who sends forth armies. He is the one who protects his people. He is the one who will strengthen those who are weak. God's provision and protection is not based on the greatness of those he is protecting but on his own power and compassion. Israel may be small and Jacob a worm, but God will help them (see verse 14).
Father, forgive us. Far too often we default to thinking that we need to be strong for you. In fact, you are strong for us. We are weak. We are impotent. We are worms, but you are God. Forgive us for the fear that we have too often let control and manipulate us. We are nothing, the armies of this world are nothing, and the gods of this world are nothing. In you we find hope, strength and power.
By His grace,