“Fear Not, Thou Worm…”

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.  Fear not, thou worm, Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 41:13-14

Generall speaking, being called a “worm” is not good for our self-esteem.  But, in truth, when compared with God, that is exactly what we are.  We are but dust.  But the thing wherein we find value is found in the rest of these verses, “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand…” and “Fear not; I will help thee…” and ” I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”  The Bible tells us that was are, at best, “altogether vanity.”  By ourselves, we are nothing.  But we have a Redeemer!  We have One Who has promised to “hold our right hand.”  We have One Who has promised to help us!

The One Who has promised to help us is the Almighty Creator of the universe.  When the Creator of the universe and the all powerful God of Heaven and Earth tells us to “fear not,”  that is a promise that we can hold on to.  When God Himself tells us that He will hold our right hand, we can feel secure. 

Our pride might bristle at the thought of being called “a worm,”  but when we begin to think about the awful price that was paid by our Redeemer for us, our pride should melt away into feelings of pure unworthiness and gratefulness.  We have no reason to fear because our Redeemer is mighty.  What a wonderful thought!

The next time our pride rears it’s ugly head, let us remember these verses.  Let us remember that, though we are but “worms,” God Himself loved us and gave Himself for us.  There is nothing more wonderful in all of the world!

6 responses to this post.

  1. “When the Creator of the universe and the all powerful God of Heaven and Earth tells us to “fear not,” that is a promise that we can hold on to.”

    Thank you for this reminder, Ben. Sometimes the pressure builds and the natural response is to seek a way out instead of standing still and watching Him work through our situations.

    I pray I remember this the next time I find myself between a rock and a hard place.

    Blessings
    ann

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    • Trying to work things out ourselves is a very natural response. In fact, I was worrying and stewing over a very minor situation just last night (after posting this blog in the morning) and my wife reminded me that whatever the Lord did would be what I needed. Needless to say, I felt about an inch tall after that. 🙂 But it is such an important thing to remember.

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  2. God bless you, Ben, and how you build us up in Jesus. Yes, even when we are told we’re worms, we are strengthened! ha! I’m just loving that He calls us, period. So He can call me anything He wants to . . .He’s my Lord and I’m His worm, tunneling to get ever closer to His heart. (oh no . . .that sounds like heart worms. sorry. )

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  3. Ben, The New Living Translation say we are “lowly worms”! But I don’t mind being lowly so that He might be exalted. If we were not lowly worms we would not need our Redeemer, but we are and we do. Peace, Linda

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