Do not be afraid – Do not fear
I am a person who likes to have all my ducks in a row – I pack early for a trip, I meal plan and make my grocery list accordingly, I like math because I can find an answer, before my kids leave for college or end their visit home, I plan when I’ll see them again – I want to know, I need that assurance. When I don’t know – when I don’t have that assurance – my natural tendency is to worry. And what is worry but fear – fear of the unknown.
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.
How many times does the Bible tell me, “Do not be afraid” or “Do not fear.”? Over 100 times!! And if you count the times the Bible says that I should not fear without using those exact words, the number reaches into the mid-300s!! Wow!! God really wants me to trust in Him with every detail of my life – He’s got it covered.
Even when I don’t know the outcome or have the answers, I can trust that God does – and I can rest in His assurance that all will be well and I need not fear. His ways are not my ways – and He may allow struggles and challenges, hurts and disappointments, as a means to bring about a far greater good in my life and in others than I cannot even imagine. And my goodness, God is God – THE GOD – the almighty, all-powerful, all-everything-good God!!
When I acknowledge His lordship over all, it makes my worry – my fear – seem foolish. I sure am glad that God has forgiven me of my foolishness and has patience with me as I learn to “walk by faith and not by sight,” to trust in His amazing love and wisdom. And what a neat thing to share with others – this peace that surpasses all understanding!