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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3 Comments

Filed under Fear, Isaiah, Old Testament, Worry

3 responses to “You weren’t chosen to worry

  1. Though you may feel challenged to put your thoughts in writing, you are truly gifted to communicate God’s message in a clear, and thought provoking way. You have a way of taking something complex, and making is simple. I have only been reading your blog for a few days now, but must say I look forward each day to your post. It inspires me to give thought to my thoughts and worries and turn them to the Lord. It is a great way to begin my day, having a reminder that He is in charge and will take care of my needs. I need not worry.

    I find comfort each day in your messages. Thank you so much for your inspiring blog!

    • I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much for your encouraging note. I am so very thankful that you find the posts encouraging. I am amazed at what God is doing here.

  2. Great post. Dependence on God has been a good message this Independence Day weekend. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Grace and Peace,

    Tony

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