This ancient promise was given to Isaiah, the prophet, to encourage the Israelites because they were facing deportation to Babylon for their sinfulness. God knew they would return renewed and strengthen after that time of disciplining.
“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.” Isaiah 41:10
What encouragement do we get from this promise as we venture into a New Year? God promises that His presence with us will dispel our fears that may come from circumstances, people or things. God tells us not to be dismayed. I looked this up and being dismayed means having a break down in one’s courage by sudden danger, disheartened thoroughly, disillusioned, alarmed or bothered. That covers a lot of different circumstances that God does not want us to fear in this New Year. Fear does not come from God and He does not want us suffering because of it. God promises to strengthen and help us each day. He further commits to upholding us with His righteous right hand. In scripture this refers to Jesus who is now seated at the ‘right hand of the Father.’ (Acts 2:33) What a blessed promise to us that Jesus will be right there each day of this year upholding us.
As you begin this New Year, why not write this verse out and have it where you can see it each day? Let the truth of God’s promised provision sink into your heart. When God says, “I will”, He means it because God is truth (1 John 5:6) and does not lie. (Hebrews 6:18) What God says you can count on today and all the days this year. He won’t change His mind as God is immutable, unchanging. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Walking each day of this New Year with God’s assurance,