Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fear Not

Do not be afraid—I will save you.
I have called you by name—you are mine.
When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;
your troubles will not overwhelm you.
When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;
the hard trials that come will not hurt you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the holy God, who saves you. . .
I will give up whole nations to save your life,
because you are precious to me
and because I love you and give you honor.
Do not be afraid—I am with you!
Isaiah 43:1-5

I have wasted a good amount of time in fear—fear of things real and fear of things perceived; fear of everything from bugs to sickness to failure.

Fear is a robber. It steals our joy, our confidence, our excitement, and our courage, Fear ensnares our minds and paralyzes our limbs.

2 Timothy 1:7 says fear is not from God. Did you know that in His Word God tells us over 100 times not be afraid? He recognizes how fearful we can be and assures us over and over that our fear is unnecessary because He is with us.

When we are facing something scary—whether it’s a bat in the living room or medical test results or a rebellious teen—whatever that may be for me or for you, it is always easier, less terrifying if someone is with us.

The good news is that Someone is ALWAYS with us. God never leaves us to face our fears alone.

Do not be afraid—I am with you!
I am your God—let nothing terrify you!
I will make you strong and help you;
I will protect you and save you.
“Those who are angry with you
will know the shame of defeat.
Those who fight against you will die
and will disappear from the earth.
I am the Lord your God;
I strengthen you and tell you,
‘Do not be afraid; I will help you.’”
Isaiah 41:10-13

Do you struggle with fear? Reach out and take God’s hand. He is there, waiting to lend each of us His strength and support. God can overcome our fears and give us the joy, confidence, and courage we need to live life to the fullest.


©2015 Pamela D. Williams