“Fear thou not for I am with thee; Be not dismayed for I am thy God. I am thy strength, I am thy help, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
The fact that the Spirit speaks to His people in the flesh and says ‘Fear not’ should be a good enough indication that His people are fearful. They are also full of doubts and uncertainties because they are subject to the vanities of the flesh. But the Father continues to remind His children that He is sovereign over all. He is the strength by which we live and move. It is He who sustains us moment by moment and without Him we do not exist. He is God and there is no other. There is no other to deliver for there is no other that can love His people as He does. In 49:15 He asks a most intimate question, “Can a woman forget her nursing child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?” Ask any woman if this is possible, that she should forget her child that she has born as it grew within her; see if she can forget the pain of the travail as she brought forth and then when the child is nursing at the breast if she could have no love for him to abandon the fruit of her body. Yet God said that they may forget. Such is the depravity of our Adamic nature and the record from the scriptures that not only could they forget yet they could eat the child to save themselves. But for the grace of God we are capable of the same.
Yet He will not forget. He has graven His people in the palms of His hands and salvation is ever before Him. The walls spoken of are not the walls of some old village in Palestine but are the walls of the New Jerusalem which John saw coming down from above. The walls are salvation and the gate is praise. The salvation of His people completed by His servant the Christ to the praise and glory of the Father. He has promised to NEVER leave His chosen people nor forsake them. But consider Jeremiah 23:39 and see the land of Shinar again; “Therefore behold I, even I will utterly forget you and will forsake you and the CITY that I gave you and your fathers and I will cast you out of My presence; and I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you and a perpetual shame which shall not be forgotten”.
Behold you God dear brethren of Hope. He is not to be found in the dust of the earth. Look up and set your affections on things from above. Leave the dust for the mouth of the serpent and his children.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes