The October 16, 2011 devotional in Open Windows, (the 75th year of publication by Lifeway, an SBC entity) dealt with the topic of fear. It was timely for me and prompted me to share my thoughts on the verses through my blog. Admittedly, I needed these verses today and I believe God pointed me to them through the devotional for just that reason. Hopefully it will be meaningful to you as well.
Isaiah 41:10-13 (NIV)
10 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.
11 “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
In these verses God very specifically deals with His children’s (and my) unnecessary fears. Whether those fears are real or imagined, God says He is with us … even in the darkest and toughest of times. We should not be “dismayed” because He is in control and will “strengthen you and help you.” It is through God’s righteous right hand, His power, His might, His righteousness, that we will be delivered through our trials.
Trusting in our own strength in perilous times is such a feeble approach to life when we have the All Powerful Jehovah God as our protector. God tells us very emphatically do not fear and I, for one, intend to trust Him for that promise. I like the wording for Proverbs 3:5-6 found in the Good News Translation (GNT) of the Bible.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.
6 Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way.
Oh Lord, forgive me for letting myself fall prey to unnecessary fear. I know that You are in control, you know my every need, and You will guide and protect my every step in accordance with Your plan and Your will for my life. Amen.