“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you...”
God’s people are not to be captured by fear. Nor are they to live is dismay, which means to go around looking anxiously about. We all struggle with many fears, worries and anxiety.
If we are not careful they can grip, control, and strangle us, our relationships, and the ones we love. We worry about what people with think. We worry about injuries. We worry about long-term effects of situations. We worry about paying bills. We worry about getting bills. We worry about getting sick. We worry about dying. We worry about the weather. We worry about our plans not turning out the way we hope. We worry about traffic. We worry about mistakes we make.
We worry about our bosses and coworkers. We worry about our kids. We worry about grades. We worry about making mistakes. We worry about our homes. We worry about getting things done. We worry about not doing enough. We worry about being too busy! We worry about… a lot of things.
Even though this may be so, somewhere in all our thinking God has to figure into the equation. Fear is an attitude or perception we project on real or imaginary situations. It is rooted in insecurity, along with a sense of loss of power and anxiety. God has hold of tomorrow. He is the One we should trust. He will take care of us.
When fear tries to grip our soul, look to Jesus who is attentive to rescue us. Consider the stars in the sky; look up and wonder, can you count their number? When it is darkest they shine out the brightest. He who made all of this, and who holds all of this, holds you in His hands. Consider how the grace He has promised, always finds us. He who made all of this says, "You're worth more than this," as He holds you in His hands.
Consider what God’s Word says in Isaiah 43:1-3...
“Thus says the Lord, who created you...and He who formed you...“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...”
Consider what God’s Word says in Psalm 56:3...
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in (the Lord).”
Consider what God’s Word says in 2 Timothy 1:7...
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Here are some practical suggestions in overcoming fear.
1. Have faith in an ever present and faithful Jesus Christ and His Promises.
2. Count your blessings. What gets your attention gets you.
3. Cast your cares upon God, as you pray a thankful prayer.
4. Sing a praise song, thanking Jesus for His past faithfulness and present commitment to you.
5. Leave the timing up to God. Christ is always on time. He is a right now God!
The good news is that there is nothing that you and God cannot get through together! Because of the Presence of Jesus Christ, you do not have to give in to the terror of fear. Consider that God is in control; that He is with you; that He will strengthen you; that He will help you; and He will uphold you.
As always see you next time and have a great day!