- “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” - Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Every now and then one could be gripped with fear because of certain events sweeping in one’s life journey. It could be the finances that are stretched and incomes are no longer certain. Perhaps it is one’s job under threat. Their might be a health report card you dread. There could be fear about outcome of a matter under judgment and what it might mean.
Fear is described as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm.” Every life will experience fear at one point. Whenever we are faced with fear it is natural to look for something to grasp on. Sometimes we run for shelter wherever we can find. Perhaps we might seek out a friend for quiet confidence.
There are those situations when there is no shelter in sight. There are also those cases where those we thought would understand our situation once we share return only hurting and critical feedback. In such moments we might then turn and look within ourselves only to find the energy has all been sapped by this gnawing fear. We feel down and the urge to rise and move on gone.
“So, do not fear,” the word of God through prophet Isaiah assures us, “for I am with you…do not be dismayed.. I will strengthen you.” Why, for the Lord has been there. He himself was faced with fear before his crucifixion but He looked to God. Whatever the situation take it to God as He did. “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Gen 18:14), is what God told Sarah when she doubted at an advanced age she would deliver a child. “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jer 32: 27) again the Lord repeated through the prophet Jeremiah.
Charles Spurgeon once wrote when faced with fear always remember, “Nothing is too hard for Him. He can find a way where there is no way. He can give us the idea that will make all the difference.” Psalm 91:2, says, “I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
So, when faced with fear, do not despair. But look to God to strengthen you. By looking to Him, the Lord will encourage and lift up your spirit. He will provide ideas and the physical resources you need to lift you out of danger. The Lord will make a way out of nowhere!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I surrender to you any fear that is in me for I know by looking up to you, you will always make a way out of nowhere, this I pray in Jesus’s name!