Daily Archives: July 6, 2010

You weren’t chosen to worry

Isaiah 44:2

This is what the Lord says — he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you:  Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.  NIV

I love this verse.  The message is simple and straightforward.  God made us, He will help us, He chose us … first the Jews and then, through Jesus, the rest of humanity.

We shouldn’t worry or be afraid.  God is on our side.

I was unfamiliar with the name Jeshurun, so I looked it up.

It is a Hebrew word that means “upright.”  That got me thinking.

According to Dictionary.com, “upright” is an adjective meaning erect or vertical, as in position or posture; raised or directed vertically or upward; raised righteous, honest, or just: an upright person; or being in accord with what is right: upright dealings.

One of the most challenging things to me about this project is the need to express my thoughts in words.  I am not, by nature, a person who delights in writing things down.  I’m a visual learner, and I tend to store what I’ve learned in pictures, much more than in sentences.  As I’m working my way through the Bible and through all of these reminders not to worry, I am gaining an intense appreciation for the written word.  It is amazing to me how the Bible can use the smallest phrases to have the largest impact.

Jeshurun.  Upright.

To stand upright, to be able to lift our faces to God is a true gift.  To live uprightly is a blessing.  And, to be in accord with what is right is an assurance for eternity.

That’s a good thing to think about today.

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