Do Not Be Afraid?

Isaiah 41:10

Sometimes it looks like our lives are fall apart in many different directions. Many of us have lived our lives in fear. Yet God tells us not to be afraid. “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”. NLT. The Bible and many other books use word repetition to drive a point home. The term “do not be afraid” or “do not fear” or a variation thereof in some form, is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. We are afraid of the presentation at work next week, some do not like airplanes, others are afraid of bullies and even recently COVID. I believe it is the unknown we fear. There are many things happening to us and we anticipate the things that may go wrong. I remember a doctor saying most things we worry about never happen. We live in fear and when we do ask God for help, many times He brings us through okay. Yes, there are times to be afraid, yet God is our God. He is with us and will strengthen AND help us. In a funny paraphrase and non-spiritual example of fear, most of us remember the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Chased by a posse and cornered above a raging river on a cliff, Sundance admits he cannot swim and is afraid to jump. Butch tells him do not worry because the fall will probably kill them. They do jump and get away. If we jump into a fearful situation, God will still be with us. The key is to trust and do not be afraid.

Am I quick to jump or do I pray and think before my actions?

Any big changes you are afraid of coming soon in your life?

Published by groundedandgrowingweekly

About the Author Dale Hansen is retired and spends his time reading, running, mentoring others and watching his grandkids. He enjoys leading small Bible study groups which he has done for over 30 years. During his marriage of over 40 years, there have been numerous God workings through their lives. These include infertility, adoption, cancer, kidney stones and Parkinson’s. He has two awesome married daughters, 2 great sons-in-law and four wonderful grandsons. He lives in Plainfield, IL

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