Fear Not

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, September 24, 2019

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

When things do not go as expected, or when life throws a curveball our way, so to speak, our initial reaction is fear. That fear increases depending on the gravity of our circumstance or the seriousness of our condition. It can become crippling to the point where hope is lost, and faith turns into doubt and confusion.

It is difficult, and maybe unrealistic to tell someone who is going through a significant life challenge not to be afraid. We do not all have the same ability to endure and persevere. Some people are stronger than others and can endure more than others. Other people are naturally fearful because of the experiences they’ve had, and the hardships they’ve endured.

I woke up this morning looking for a word of encouragement and hope. My soul was vexed all night long, and my spirit has been heavy. I asked the Lord what he wanted me to write in the devotional today, and he sent me to Isaiah 41:10.

If your soul is vexed as mine is, I want you to remember what the Lord says in today’s text, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I really needed those words today. My spirit needed the comforting grace of Almighty God to persevere in my journey.

Although my circumstance has not changed, my perspective about my circumstance is changing, the more I read this text. The text offers hope, provides blessed assurance, guarantees strength in our weakness, and deliverance from our trials. There are only thirty-two words in the text, yet it contains three “I will” statements. God said I will strengthen you, I will help you, and I will uphold you. Wow!

The strength of the Lord is intended to overcome our weakness so we can get over our fear. Whatever our difficulty, God will give us the strength to endure and the courage to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). God also provides his mighty help when we are faced with an existential giant. Psalm 46:1 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

The last I will statement is reassuring and comforting. The imagery is that of a mother cradling a baby to make sure the baby does not fall and get hurt. The Hebrew word for uphold is ‘Tamak’ which is translated as to grasp, support, to keep.

God will keep us in perfect peace amid our difficulty. He will support us as we experience setbacks in life. He will hold us, so we do not lose our mind as we go through the vicissitudes of life. Therefore, we should not allow negative fear to overwhelm our faith and alienate us from God.

Without knowing the specifics of your circumstance, may I encourage you to trust God and look to him for hope! You have the guarantee of his providential love and his unfailing support. Trust God to keep you when you are tempted to surrender in defeat. Even if you are afraid, read this text over, and over until your faith begins to overwhelm your fear.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I pray for those who are living in fear because of a medical challenge, or financial hardships, or a crisis in their marriage or family. Give them the blessed assurance that you will strengthen them, you will help them, and you will uphold them in Jesus name.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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