Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for
I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you.
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NLT
We live in a world that is, at times, a frightening place. We live in a world that is, at times, a discouraging place. We live in a world where life-changing losses can be so painful and so profound that it seems we will never recover. But, with God’s help, and with the help of encouraging family members and friends, we can recover.
During the darker days of life, we are wise to remember the words of Jesus, who reassured His disciples, saying, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27 NIV). Then, with God’s comfort and His love in our hearts, we can offer encouragement to others. And by helping them face their fears, we can, in turn, tackle our own problems with courage, determination, and faith.
God knows that the strength that comes from wrestling with our fear will give us wings to fly.
His hand on me is a father’s hand, gently guiding and encouraging. His hand lets me know He is with me, so I am not afraid.
Mary Morrison Suggs
Adversity is always unexpected and unwelcomed. It is an intruder and a thief, and yet in the hands of God, adversity becomes the means through which His supernatural power is demonstrated.
Facing our deepest fears means making peace with our seen self and with our unseen self.
Father, even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil because You are with me. Thank You, Lord, for Your perfect love, a love that casts out fear and gives me strength and courage to meet the challenges of this world. Amen