These are personal notes adapted from the devotional series, “I Will Remember,” by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College on The Bible App.
Scripture: Isaiah 41:13; Romans 5:8
We all understand the concept of the “upside-down kingdom.”
The weak will be strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
The humble will be exalted. Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11
The foolish are wise. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
In Isaiah 41:13 we see another way in which God’s kingdom is upside down.
“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,’” (NIV-84).
From this verse, I see God as a father reaching down and taking my hand while we cross the street. The Father keeps careful watch and does all he can to safely help his child go through danger. In the same way, when we go through difficult seasons of life, the Lord reaches down, He takes us by the hand, and He helps us.
Walking through hard times, through sickness and trauma, isn’t about us. It is about the Lord reaching down and taking us by the hand. Soon we learn how to walk through the dangers of this world with confidence and assurance. Not alone, but knowing that our powerful, omniscient, all-knowing God calls to us, “I’ve got you. Do not fear.” And we walk, knowing that he will never let go, in good times and in bad.
Questions for Reflection
What are the implications for you as you consider the fact that God reaches out to comfort you even before you are reaching out to him?
How can you offer this truth to those around you today?