THE WORD: A closer walk

“God Inviting Christ to Sit on the Throne at His Right Hand” is a painting by Pieter de Grebber in 1645 and is in the collection of St. Catherine's Convent Museum in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Verse 10 of Isaiah 41 has been an inspiration for many during troubling or uncertain times. The verse has inspired many hymns. “How Firm a Foundation” by John Rippon basically quotes the King James version of the verse. “The Right Hand of God” was written by Caribbean native Patrick Prescod and contains a litany of biblical references, including a title reference to Isaiah.

The anonymously written “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” is a frequently recorded, short hymn which ties to Isaiah 41:10. The song references a “world of toil and snares” but reminds the listener that Jesus is with us so we should not be afraid. When we travel life’s journey, we will be satisfied as long as we walk close to Jesus and follow God’s path. The song reminds us that “none but Thee, dear Lord” can share the burden of life.

The walk with Jesus ends in heaven. But the journey is less fearful when Jesus is your guide.

Isaiah 41:10

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.