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Isaiah 41 [Read]
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Colossians 1 [Read]
Something in Genesis 2 used to puzzle me. When God saw Adam alone in the Garden of Eden, he thought it was not good. It seems that the natural reaction should be to make him a companion to keep him company or make him a counselor to comfort him. But that’s not what God did. Instead, God made him “a helper suitable for him” (Gen 2:18). That tells me one thing: it is God’s will for human to need, provide, and accept help from each other.
“Do not fear…I will help you” (Isa 41:10) is the key phrase in today’s OT reading. It is a comforting promise God gave to his chosen people Israel. Isaiah 39 ends with a prediction of future exile to Babylon (39:6), and the prophet opens the next section with many comforting words. “…her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for” (40:2), and “see, the sovereign LORD comes with power and his arm rules for him” (40:10). God revealed the future disaster of his people through his prophet, and he foretold their harsh life in Exile to Babylon. However, because they were the chosen people of God, God would not reject them (41:9). God would take hold of Israel’s right hand, like a father holding the hand of a frightened child, and said “do not fear, I will help you” (41:13). He will deliver his people from all kinds of hardship, and his promise is that “I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them” (41:17).
“Do not fear, I will help you” is still the same promise God gives to his people today. Regardless what kind of valley of the shadow of death we go through, this promise of delivery is always available from God. Moreover, this is also the most comforting words a person can offer to another during trouble time. I have witnessed many times such saying being uttered by a child to another child, and I am always moved by the results of such pure heart and genuine care. Such utterance somehow becomes scarce as we grow old. It seems that needing help to some people becomes a sign of weakness, so we politely decline such offer for help. The truth is that God’s help often comes through people’s hands. Next time when it comes to help, give a little and take a little. It makes life enjoyable and it pleases God.
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