Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I do not normally think of myself as a fearful person, but then I am not trying to do what this woman is doing, hanging over the Hong Kong skyline! She is either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid to take such a risk! The hammock seems to suggest ease and relaxation, which has got to be far from what she is feeling! Even so, it is a sure bet that she does not suffer from acrophobia!
Today’s verse is an encouragement to not fear. I am to put my trust in God. His presence keeps me from being dismayed at dizzying heights. He strengthens. He helps. And most importantly, He upholds me with His righteous right hand! Whether I am facing insurmountable odds, or the presence of evil, I do not have to give in to fear.
The stronger my faith is in Him, the less problem I will have with fear. In Matthew 8:26 Jesus challenges His disciples with the question, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Their boat being pummeled by a storm seemed reason enough. But had they had more trust in Him, fear would not have been an issue. I do the same thing when faced with scary circumstances. The level of fear I am feeling is a barometer of just how much I am trusting Him. But with God for us – who (or what) can be against us? (Rom. 8:31) Through Him, we are more than conquerors, even over our own fears!
Thank you Lord, that because of You, I do not have to fear.
(Look familiar? Summer reposing while reposting!)