“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10)
Have you ever been paralyzed by fear?
Fear can often cause us to avoid situations and run away from these things that make us afraid. A lot of the time, this is a good thing. Fear can protect us from things that might harm us, but it can also keep us from doing things that we should. God often asks us to do things that scare us. Maybe you feel called to go on a mission trip to a different country, talk to a fellow student about Christ, or even give up a long-held sin.
God asks us to do things that scare us so that we depend on Him. He knows that we cannot do any of these things on our own and promises to help us, especially when what He asks of us is scary.
Fears hold us back. It is in times where we are gripped by fear that God reminds us of His presence. In Isaiah, he tells us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God will not allow us to fall. When He gives us a task or calling, He will always provide the strength and courage we need to complete it.
How, then, do we become fearless?
We need to trust God. He is with us always and promises to uphold us. As is says in Romans, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
With God on our side, there is nothing we can’t do. With that in mind, remember that God is bigger and more powerful than anything we might fear and we cannot let fear hold us back from doing His will. We cannot only trust God in the absence of fear, but rather, trust Him despite fear. With God by your side, you can be fearless.
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