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STRENGTH COMES FROM GOD

June 14, 2016

Tuesday

 

Isaiah 41:10  

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

The Israelites did not need to fear because God was with them, and He had committed Himself to them. They need not look one way and then another trying to find safety. Furthermore their God promised to help them in every way with His powerful right hand, a symbol of strength, and to do what was right. Even though no exiled nation had ever before in history been brought back to start life anew in their ancestral homeland, and even though the Gentile government would have no practical means of inducing the Jews to return home, nevertheless God would bring this seeming impossibility to pass.

There is no virtue more highly and widely esteemed than courage, and no vice more generally detested than cowardice. Courage makes heroes, and amongst the ancients, at least, heroes were second in rank to the gods. Amongst savage tribes it may almost be said that courage is the only virtue, for without it all other good qualities lose their value, and where it exists it covers a multitude of sins. Courage is the quality which enables one to resist. It is the power to say “No.”

Memory Verse: Philippians 4:13

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