Do you ever feel afraid?
Do you worry about what might happen?
Do you fret over circumstances you are facing?
Do you ever fear the unknown?
Take heart, you’re not alone.
Throughout scripture God repeatedly tells people (and us) not to fear. In fact, He commands us to stop fearing. That was the case for Joshua as he faced the daunting task of leading an entire nation of God’s people into the promised land full of enemies, giants, and the unknown.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
God wouldn’t have commanded Joshua (and us) to be strong and courageous unless he was feeling weak and afraid. God wouldn’t have command him (and us) to not be discouraged unless he was feeling discouraged. Joshua needed to hear these words. He needed a reminder that there is no reason to fear when God is near.
We need to hear that message too.
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Joshua had seen God do amazing things in his lifetime. He saw God:
- Part the Red Sea
- Destroy the Egyptian army
- Rain food from heaven daily
- Give water from a rock
- Protect from enemies
- Speak in a thundering voice from Mount Sinai
- Descend His presence in the tabernacle
- Part the Jordan river
And with all that Joshua saw God do, He forgot those things and feared the future.
Don’t we do the same?
We fear the unknown, we fear the future, we fear what we don’t understand. And most times, those things we fear never come to pass.
If you look back on your life, the past few years, even the past week, you can see where the hand of God has taken care of you. He has provided for you and protected you time and time again. And yet you fear what is coming down the road.
Stop! Be strong. Be courageous. Don’t fear. Don’t be discouraged.
God is with you wherever you go.
If you know that God is right beside you, taking each step with you, you have no reason to fear.
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So go boldly into this week, knowing that you are not alone. The One who holds the universe together is also holding you.
Take this verse with you this week. Write it down where you can see it. Memorize it. Then you will be ready to use it when fear rears its ugly head and tries to take you captive.
What about you?
What do you fear?
How do you use God’s truth to combat your fear?
What other verses have helped you when you are fearful?
Share you experiences with fear and how God helped you though it.