Together in Christ: 'Holding Hands in the Dark!' — Isaiah 41:13

Sunday, March 24, 2024

"For I hold you by your right hand — I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, 'Don't be afraid. I am here to help you.'"

— Isaiah 41:13 NLT

Key Thought

Growing up, our children were not overly afraid of the dark when they were little. Part of the reason was that we had night lights and a regular tuck-in time with prayers every night. Once in a while, however, our daughter would awaken and be frightened. She wanted us to come and stroke her hair or hold her hand until she fell asleep. We would, and she would quickly fall back to sleep. What a lovely blessing and reassurance of security for a child!

Those memories are sweet, but they give me a powerful image to comfort me when I am restless, feel alone, struggle with concerns, push back fears, and can't sleep. I picture God sitting at my bedside, holding my hand, and being my Abba Father, Who assures me that I don't have to be afraid because my Father in heaven is with me.

We can list as many mighty and awesome things about God as we like — in fact, a regular time of praise that does just that is a great spiritual practice. More often than not, however, we need a God Who isn't just all powerful out there in the great beyond but also is our Abba Father, holding our hand while we move through our fears into secure sleep.

Jesus and the Holy Spirit are near, dear friend in Christ. [1] Your Abba Father will never leave you or forsake you! [2] God has promised:

"For I hold you by your right hand — I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, 'Don't be afraid. I am here to help you.'"

With this assurance from God, we can be confident in our relationships with others.

[1] Philippians 4:5 NIV; Acts 23:11; Matthew 28:20; John 14:15-23.
[2] Hebrews 13:5-6 and see our Related Scripture Readings below.

Today's Prayer

Dear Father, thank You for Your abiding presence in my life. I ask now, dear God, that You make Your presence known in the lives of these people on my prayer list: (Name them.) Heal them, please. Humble those gently who need to be taken down a peg or two, and restore them with grace as You soften their hard edges through the work of the Holy Spirit. Most of all, thank You! I rest secure knowing that You will never abandon or forsake me. In Jesus' name, I thank and praise You for Your gracious presence. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 139:1-24
  • Romans 8:32-39

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Illustration of Isaiah 41:13 NLT — "For I hold you by your right hand — I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, 'Don't be afraid. I am here to help you.'"

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Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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