Do Not Fear!

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. Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)

One time the opportunity was right for me to share the Gospel with my neighbor, but because I did not want to be rejected I did not. Another time some co-workers were speaking badly about a person who was not there and I wanted to defend the person, but because I did not want to appear as being self-righteous, I remained silent. Many times in life I make decisions based not the Bible nor on righteousness but to avoid pain or humiliation. I allow fear to make my choices. 

God knows how easily we can tremble, how vulnerable we are. Many of the Bible’s greatest heroes needed reassurance. These were people who would eventually stand against oppression and change the world; yet at first their hearts were faint and their faith was weak. What were the first words that God spoke to Abraham, Hagar, Isaac, Gideon, Daniel, and Mary? It was “Do not fear.” He had to first quiet their fears. Then they were able to take action relying on God’s promises and power.

When we are faced with a choice of obedience to God or yielding to fear, let us also be strengthened by God’s words to us, “Do not fear.” As 2 Timothy 1:7 reassures, For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Conquer fear with God’s promises.

When I am weak may I turn to Your Holy Spirit for grace and power. Amen.