God is Almighty
Our central thought from this passage is the word of advice from the Prophet to his servant: don't be afraid. Scripture tells us that the human heart is at war with God. The gospel we proclaim is not in agreement with the sentiments and aspiration of the world. It has no reference to God or reverence towards him or concern for his will. The church is always under some form of threat. The Church is always living in times of hazard and difficulty. We have the protection of God but are not immune from suffering or even martyrdom. Our rewards are rewards in the Kingdom of God; not necessarily in this life.