“Fear not, for I am with you.” -- Isaiah 41:10
Many of us succumb to fear more than we would like to admit. We’re afraid of a whole host of things. Some of our fears are completely rational; that is, there’s a certain logic about some of our fears. But sometimes the source of our fear is completely irrational and without warrant. I’ve never thought of myself as an overly fearful person, but I have come to find that I think, say, or do things not necessarily out of love or faith, but one or both of those coupled with a little bit of fear.
Fear holds us back. There are many things we simply do not do but for the sheer reason that were terrified of what might happen if we didn’t act upon it. Sometimes we get down on ourselves for even being afraid of something; so we end up getting the double whammy of being held back by fear and then beating ourselves up for being afraid. A terrible one-two combo, indeed.
Fear keeps us down. Not only does fear hold us back, it has a tendency to keep us in a place of impotency. It’s more like a prison than a wall. When we succumb to fear we are in a posture of defeat and inferiority. To borrow a somewhat cliché metaphor, we’re like a bird with very large, capable wings, yet fear makes the nest in which we dwell much more attractive than the open skies.
Fear beats us up. Often unbeknownst to us, fear is the bully who beats us up, steals our lunch money, and kicks us when we’re down; for some of us it’s a daily occurrence.
Then comes the Creator of the universe. This Creator goes to great lengths to communicate to us by way of special revelation a life-changing statement: “There’s no need to fear, for I am right there with you.” I could be wrong, but I think the source of a great deal of our fears stem from a forgetful mind that God is ever-present in our midst, and He has the back of every blood-bought son and daughter. We walk in fear because we don’t nurture a mindfulness of His Presence, nor do we believe that He is “for us and not against us” (Romans 8:31). My friends—make it your prayer of thanksgiving every day, throughout the day, that Yahweh God —Creator of the universe — is with you in the here and now, that He loves you with an everlasting love, and that He is for you, and thus you do not have to fear. Invite His Spirit more and more into your every moment, and watch the fears abate.
Word for the Way:
Because God is here, I don’t have to fear.