DO NOT FEAR
At some point in our lives we need help, especially when it comes to anxiety, stress, fear, and despair. During these times we may be tempted to throw up our hands and either “give in” or “give up.” God’s Word, the Bible, provides a workable formula for these times and situations. It is presented by the prophet Isaiah, where God Himself strongly declares this formula. “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes. I will help you. Yes. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). God continues in verse 13, “For I the LORD your God will hold your right hand. Saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Observe how God uses the personal pronoun “I,” “I am,” and “I will.” This is one of God’s great promises to us.
Dr. Charles Stanley makes a meaningful comment on Isaiah 41:10. “At some point, each of us will face circumstances that will cause anxiety. When we do, we must remember we are God’s children. We have the power to overcome fear when we apply His Word to our lives—remembering that He is always with us and will not fail or forsake us.” (Life Principles Bible, p. 840). We certainly have the power to overcome fear when God’s word is applied in our lives. For He has said, “My Word which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me void, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). God is completely reliable and so is His word.
“Do not fear.” This is God’s reliable word to us, now and in the future. Remember, God is fully aware and in control of every situation we face. Our part is to “let go and let God.” King David exclaimed, “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4). Because of our relationship with God, we have nothing to fear. Fear and anxiety get us nowhere. At the onset of this condition we must seek divine intervention. The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).