Scripture: from verse 14
Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel!
I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord
Observation: “I’m nobody! Who are you?” (Emily Dickenson)
Israel was nothing special. They were not large, not powerful, not rich. There was no reason for them to be anything but afraid, given the objective facts of their situation.
But God told them not to fear. Not because of who they were, but because of who He is.
Like Israel, we are nothing special. In the grand scheme of things, I’m nobody. But I don’t have to be bigger than I am.
Emily Dickenson found comfort in being nobody, because it meant she could hide. But God isn’t calling us to hide. He’s calling us to wield His strength.
I am nobody, but I bear His name. Instead of keeping our heads down and hoping the world will leave us alone, God tells us not to be afraid. We are called to battle, or to parade, or to sing, or to dance, or to write, because we bear His name. Because He helps us.
We don’t have to be somebody to do something. We bear His name, and that is everything.
Application: Do things. Don’t try to do them on your own. Don’t be afraid.
Prayer: Yeshua, I praise you because your life is a joyful and carnival and powerful life, because you are brilliant and powerful. I praise you because you call us to battle, not to the milky fastidiousness that the social psychology course seems to be promoting lately. Thank you for having a plan for me. Help me to walk in it. Amen.