Powerful voices have stated and many are convinced that faith in any supreme power is a sign of weakness. But Isaiah knows nothing of that thinking. There is no wavering in his statement: “It is the Lord God who helps me.”
All the way through this messianic passage, nothing but strength is shown even in the worst kinds of humiliation. Yet in human pride, dependence on others and especially faith, dependence on an almighty God is still seen by some as weakness.
But glimpses of the opposite can be seen even in secular life. The very first astronauts were chosen only when it was clear they had attended to every area of their lives. In the unknowns of space, no astronaut was wanted who had run away from or overlooked any sphere of their life. Along with the personal, social, educational and other spheres, their spiritual sphere was also considered essential.
So the importance of this scripture was demonstrated. Faith in God is a sign of strength, not weakness. Christ himself showed awesome strength when facing crucifixion, which was followed by the supreme sign of strength: resurrection.
We can also live in that strength, for “It is the Lord God who helps me.”
Thank you, Lord, that I can deal with everything in my life because it is the Lord God who helps me. Amen. — AAG