In Isaiah 41 we read God reminding Israel of his position as sovereign creator. This is meant to reassure them as they are fearful. What do they do when fearful? Well, verse 7 tells us they literally construct more idols, instead of turning in comfort to the God who made them and is in control of everything.
Sound familiar? What do we do when we are faced with anxiety and fear? Do we turn immediately to God or to something else? Hmmm. What idols are our “go to” idols?
God reminds them again in verse 10 who is with them:
“Fear not for I AM with you, be not dismayed for I AM your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with MY righteous right hand.”
God is to be our strength, our help, our righteousness in Jesus. “I AM” – reminds us of YAHWEH, the LORD, the almighty eternally existing, sovereign, Creator God of all – that God, who lacks nothing, loves us and has offered us reconciliation in Jesus.
Why then fear? Why then turning to idols when you have the great I AM?