Coping with Fear the Godly Way
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. -Isaiah 41:10
Fear is a strong sense of foreboding or anxiety over something which will or might negatively impact one’s life. This verse specifically associate fear with discouragement, as the two aspects go hand-in-hand. Discouragement is a close result of fear.
Immanuel (God with Us)
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:20
One of the cures for fear which God himself provides us is the knowledge God is with us. God has said he will be with us always, drawing near to those who draw near to him. Strength and courage is obtained in the fact we are not to fight our battles without help of the presence of God.
His Strength, Our Cooperation
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. -Exodus 14:14
As we gain experience, we learn of our strengths and weakness. We learn about our incapabilities and flaws. As humans, we lack the knowledge and wisdom God contains, for we cannot see all which our omnipresent and omniscient God does. However, there is comfort and relief from fear in that we are not left alone to fight our own battles. Yet, this verse notes the requirement for the Lord fighting for us simply being the necessity to remain still.
One definition of still is to be motionless or inanimate, yet another definition of still is to rest in quietude. By faith and constant prayer we gain a level of stillness as the peace of God lights upon and overwhelms us. In taking refuge in our God, we find protection.
Song of the Day