Tag: It Is I

It Is I, Be Not Afraid

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Be not dismayed; for I am thy God—Isaiah 41:10

How tenderly God soothes our fears! How sweetly He says in the introductory verse, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: . . . I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. And yet again, still with tender thoughtfulness, I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee (Isaiah 41:13). He does not say it only once, but He keeps holding our right hand and repeating such promises.

The blessed Lord condensed it all into one single message of eternal comfort spoken to the disciples on the Sea of Galilee, It is I, be not afraid. He is the antidote to fear; He is the remedy for trouble; He is the substance and the sum of deliverance. We should, therefore, rise above fear. Let us keep our eyes fastened upon Him; let us abide continually in Him; let us be content with Him.

Let us cling closely to Him and cry, Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea (Psalm 46:2).

by A.B. Simpson

It Is The Same Hand

J.C. Ryleby J.C Ryle

“But He said to them: It is I; don’t be afraid!” John 6:20

Are you a distressed believer? Is your heart . . . pressed down with sickness, tried with disappointments, overburdened with cares?

To you I say, “Behold the cross of Christ!” Think whose hand it is that chastens you; think whose hand is measuring to you the ‘cup of bitterness’ which you are now drinking. It is the hand of Him who was crucified! It is the same hand which, in love to your soul, was nailed to the accursed tree! Surely that thought should comfort and hearten you. Surely you should say to yourself, “My crucified Savior will never lay upon me anything that is not for my good. There is a needs be. It must be well.”

“For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” Hebrews 12:6

by J.C. Ryle