I, even I, am he that comforteth you. Isaiah 51: 12
God replied to Israelites prayer with words of comfort. He reminded them again of the frailty of humanity (see 40:6–8) and the power of God the Creator (51:13). Why should they be afraid of “a man who will die,” when the God of the universe was on their side? Because they are His people, with whom He has given His Word, He will release them, protect them, and provide for them. They had an important task to perform and He would enable them to do it. In Verse 9, they cry out “Awake, awake” and God responds in verse 12. He is not asleep; he hears the cry of our hearts, and He is all the answer we need: “I am He who comforts you.”
The gospel inspires awesome courage. “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6). True courage comes not from our own daring or strength but from the promises of God. God is watching over us, we can face anything. Isaiah is strengthening our backbones by arguing that our hope is as secure as the existence of God:
“I, I am he who comforts you.
What is your promise for 2019? Did you take it as a ritual on December 31st night or do you claim it every day? If not, claim it every day, it is the word of God which has power and is able to deliver us in whatever situation we are in.