A Stronger Right Arm: Isaiah 41:13

Day 11/30

"I am holding you by your right hand - I, the LORD your God.  And I say to you, 'Do not be afraid.  I am here to help you.'" - Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)

I have read that in ancient times, in Hebrew culture, the right arm was considered a symbol of strength and blessing.  Perhaps this is because for so many people the right arm is actually the stronger arm.  To hold up the right arm was a symbol of strength, power, victory and honor.

Do you see what God is doing in this passage from the prophet Isaiah?  God isn't just saying, "Hey, I've got you," or "You know what, I've got this."  It's specific - "You don't have to be afraid because I am here to help you... and I'm using MY strength to do it, not yours."  God holds my right hand, which represents all of my strength, because I don't need it. 

How often do we face trials, struggles, conflict, and noise, and pray something like, "Lord, give me strength!" (if we pray at all)?  Isn't it true that in many situations we just "hang in there."  Do you ever quote for your own benefit, or for others, "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger"?

What if the point isn't that I become stronger?  Could it be that "let go and let God" is more than a cute little Christian cliche?  Maybe I'm as strong as I'm supposed to be, and maybe I can learn to let God be God.  Man, God's got me... what could be better than that?


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