Fear not! How could God really expect us not to fear? I mean, does He not see the situation I’m facing? Does He not recall what He asked me to step out and do? Any of those questions ever run through your mind?
I’d like to share a scripture with you that has been my go to whenever I’m facing my giant, “FEAR.” Isaiah 41:10 has served to relieve my fears more often than any other text in the Bible.
Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
This particular verse gives us two clear commands to obey:
- Do not fear.
- Do not be dismayed.
Let’s take a look at the two things God is asking us not to do. What is fear? Fear is “to be afraid, apprehensive, worry, uneasiness, nervousness, dread.” What is dismay? Dismay is “to cause to lose courage or resolution, upset, distress, unsettle, disturb, to look around anxiously as one does in a state of alarm.” These commands look simple enough, but it’s not until your life is flipped upside down by that negative doctor report or the news of being laid off that your faith is shaken and fear starts to creep in.
Luke 12:25 says, And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? It has been through many sleepless nights that I have stumbled upon the knowledge that His presence can do more than my worry and fears ever could.
God never gives us a command without a reason behind it. The two reasons to cast your fears aside:
- I am with you.
- I am your God.
In order to face your fears, you need to stand on the truth that God is with me. I believe whole heartedly that the solution to fear is the presence of God. If God is with me I can do or face anything. That does not mean it will be easy or that I can pass over the situation. It means I can endure it. We can find all throughout the Bible where God is constantly reminding His people that He is with them during their hardships.
Moses needed this reminder in Exodus 33:14: “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…”
Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you..”
Joshua 1:9 says, “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Jesus promised His presence in Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
I know it is easier said than done but we should not be dismayed because He is our God. I think a lot of times we focus solely on the natural and tend to forget how big and powerful our God truly is. He knows every intricate detail about us and He cares about what concerns us. Who better to hold our future in their hands than a loving, omniscient, omnipotent God?
The Lord never makes a promise He cannot keep. The key to overcoming fear is to trust in the promises of God. We can rest assured knowing that if we obey His commands that God promises to:
- Strengthen us
- Help us
- Uphold us
I find comfort in knowing that God will supernaturally strengthen us to face difficult circumstances and to do whatever He is calling us to do.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
When we are feeling overwhelmed, consumed, and sometimes paralyzed by life’s circumstances, His promise to be our help should be our peace.
Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
The Lord seeks to uphold, grasp, support, sustain, maintain, protect, defend, and keep us.
Psalm 145:13-14 The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Psalm 34:19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
John 10:28-29 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
Let’s build our faith by meditating on the scriptures that I shared with you today. Allow God to write these verses on the tablets of your heart. I encourage you to recognize that God has great things instore for you. He’s greater than your fear and your fear must be silent in the presence of the Lord.
Here’s a prayer to pray when fear tries to stick its ugly head up:
God my life is in Your hands. My life may not be going the way I thought it would, but I trust that you have everything under control. You are my rock-solid foundation that will never change. Do not let fear consume me. Give me peace and comfort, and help me to trust you. You calm my anxious thoughts. I love you, God of peace, quiet my soul.
What are some of your go-to scriptures when you are feeling afraid or anxious? Have a story to share of how you overcame fear? I’d love to hear from you!8