Some things we face in life are just plain hard. And with all that is going on in the world today – violence, crime, economic uncertainty, job loss, international unrest, concern over the future of our children, family hardships, sickness and disease, immigration, world hunger, drug abuse, education costs, lack of insurance, political upheavals – there actually is a lot we could possibly worry about.
Fear…worry…anxiety can be so controlling over our lives. Yet, the Lord says, “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.”
“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.”
Isaiah 41:10, 13
Dismay is defined as to cause to lose courage or resolution. To be upset or perturbed. It implies that one is disconcerted and at a loss as to how to deal with something.
The Bible defines dismay as to be shattered, be dismayed, be broken, be abolished, be afraid.
When difficulties arise we are not to be shattered or broken by the possibility that something may happen or if it does happen know that the Lord is with you and will strengthen and help you get through whatever trouble you are facing. He takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
He encourages His children to be strong and courageous, and not be afraid or terrified because of anything you may face in this life. He promises to never leave you nor forsake you in the midst of the storm (Deut. 31:6)