10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
If only we would open our eyes and realize the help, the strength, and wisdom that is offered us, we would surely worry less and trust our God more.
It is human nature to fear and panic in the face of calamity, but God calls us to cast our fears and anxieties upon Him. He promises to strengthen and uphold us with His righteous hand. But we have to make a choice, choose to worry and doubt, or choose to trust Him instead.
What a blessed promise we have from our Heavenly Father: to be with us when we are faced with trials and temptations. We were never promised a pain-free Christian experience. In fact, in the book of Matthew (Matthew 10:22, 24:9) Christ ‘promises’ that we will face opposition and difficulties for His name’s sake.
Trials and temptations are necessary for the moulding of the Christian that his character may resemble that of his Maker. The fiery pathways we have to brave through are only set to refine our character. They are set not to harm us, but to remove all our dross; to remove anything in us that denies the character of Christ: the selfishness and the pride, the impatience and the discontentment. It is only when our character is pure and refined that we may see God. The Father desires that we “may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ”, that we may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless.” Thus He allows hardships in the Christian’s life.
We must always remember that when God allows any trials to overtake us, it is for our good (for our God is love and desires no evil to befall us). We may not understand now for “we see through a glass, darkly” and “know in part” and so it would be wise to allow the One who foresees the future to be our Guide when we pass through darkness.
And though we are pilgrims in this world, though we are only passersby, God desires that we may experience heaven on earth with Him by our side. It does not please the Father to see His children downtrodden and burdened by the cares of this world as though they have no Helper, no blessed Hope. Christ is our Helper. Christ is our Hope. If we keep our minds ever on Christ and put our trust in Him, He will keep us in perfect peace amidst the storms of life.
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You.