10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Everyone is afraid of something: going to the dentist, killing a spider, speaking in public, losing your job, getting robbed, failing, or losing someone you love.
There is a phobia for just about anything rational or irrational that you can think of. It’s no coincidence that fear is referenced over 300 times in the Bible! Why did God mention this so many times? Perhaps in His sovereign and infinite knowledge He knew this would be a great struggle for His people, and would need to be addressed multiple times.
Isaiah, an Old Testament prophet who worked tirelessly to turn his people back to God, was no exception.
The enemy loves a fearful follower because fear paralyzes us. We can’t move forward when we live in fear. Fear gives Satan a foothold in our life. Fear is everything that freedom in Christ is not. The solution to fear is the presence of God. When we are consumed with God, we have no room for fear. The opposite also stands true.
If we are consumed with fear, we squelch the Holy Spirit’s power and can’t fully access all that God has for us. It’s a focus shift from the frightening things that keep us enslaved to the liberating things that give us victory…the abundant life Jesus talks about in John 10:10.
This verse gives us so much hope! God is with us. We can trust Him. He is mightier than our worst fears. He will help us; He will give us strength. By believing this, we get to live the abundant and victorious life He has planned for us!
Let the truth of this passage reign in our hearts and minds so we can face today with boldness and confidence because Almighty God is who He says He is, and He is with us always.
- Is it a sin to be afraid? What are your biggest fears? When was the last time you were truly scared of something? Do you allow those fears to keep you distant from God or draw you closer to Him?
- Does knowing that God is present and trustworthy alleviate your fears? If not, what is keeping you from fully trusting that He will help you? How can fear damage our witness?
- Tell God what you are afraid of. Ask Him to saturate your life with His perfect love that drives out fear (1 John 4:18). Pray for His constant reminders in your life that He is with you. Claim His promise to hold you and protect you. Take hold of the peace that He offers.