As human beings, it’s one of the most difficult things for us to deal with. It grasps every fiber of our being, and holds on tight until it squeezes every last drop of faith right out of our bodies.
Why do we get so overcome by fear?
Fear of the unknown,
Fear of Losing our job,
Fear of upsetting someone we love,
The list goes on, and on, and on…
So what can people of faith do to combat that terrible feeling in our stomach, when we are terrified of what may happen next???
In a chapter titled “God’s Help for Israel” the prophet Isaiah writes the following to encourage God’s chosen people during a tough season in their lives. This is one of Jodie’s favorites, one I hear her reciting often during this season of our lives.
Isaiah 41:10-14 (NIV)
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 11 “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. 12 Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. 13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah’s words are a comfort to us, many many years after he wrote them. He reminds us how glorious and powerful our God is. The words “I am with you’ are a powerful example of how much he loves and cares for us & that we really have nothing to fear.
Lets look together at the promises in this Scripture.
1. “Do not fear, for I am with you” God promises he will be with us, no matter how bad it gets.
2. “I will strengthen you and help you” God is going to give us the strength that we need to get through the trial that we are facing, Prayerfully ask him for his strength.
3. “All who rage against you will be ashamed and disgraced” Your enemies don’t have a chance, God is going to make them look like idiots!
4. “Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all” Your enemies have already lost! It’s over!
And here is the best part..
5. “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do Not FEAR!”
Seriously, does it get any better than that?
We serve a God who loves us, cares about us, and makes sure we are taken care of. Then to top it all off, he sends his son to sacrifice his life so we can live.
Fear can no longer bind us, it was paid for through the atonement of Jesus. His blood sets us free. We just have set fear aside, step out in faith and receive it.
Remember in the book of Matthew, when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water? Everyone was terrified except Peter. Check it out, Matthew writes;
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Peter’s faith in Jesus and lack of fear is what enabled him to walk on the water without drowning. Everyone knows that people can’t walk on water. But that didn’t hinder Peter. His faith was so strong, that he put his fear aside, to follow his Savior.
If we can somehow harness that kind of faith, I think it would eliminate fear in our lives. We could live free, and not be concerned about the things that don’t really matter.
I am working really hard to try to live like that. To focus on the face of Jesus even when times are so tough that I can’t see him. I don’t want to live in fear anymore.
How bout you?
Till next week,