But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. ‘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. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Is 41: 8-14)

In this passage, read today in church, God speaks to all of us, “descendants of Abraham,” His friend. We are all “called,” and “chosen,” and “not rejected.” Today it is the God of Abraham “who takes hold” of my “right hand” and says to me, “Do not fear, for I myself will help you.” That’s why we still read these words, spoken by the God of our fathers.

Let me hear God’s undying promise, to disappear my “enemies,” who do, indeed, become “as nothing at all” in light of His grace, when I let Him into my day, replacing fear with faith. Let me let Him do what He wants to do already, by trusting His call: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” I take His “righteous right hand” into mine today, letting Him lead the way.

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