Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 25th, 2021
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.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Do Not Fear
Like all human beings, Canadians have a variety of phobias. Snakes are the most common fear among both sexes, with 46 per cent of women and 33 per cent of men recoiling at the thought of meeting one. Turns out clowns are getting a bad rap – twice as many Canadians are scared of getting a bad haircut than meeting Bozo, 11 per cent versus 6 per cent. And you are not alone if you have a fear of spiders. Almost half of Canadians do.
Scripture is filled with many commands that God gives to His people. He wants us to live a life that mirrors His nature, and calls us to a high standard in our lifestyle. The most common command, however, is a command that shows just how much God cares for us. He knows that there is much in this world that can cause us to fear, and so over and over again He commands us not to be afraid. We see it, for example in 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.” You will notice here something that is common with most of God’s commands in scripture – the command to not fear, to not be dismayed, comes with a promise. And what a wonderful promise it is. God assures us that He will be with us. That promise reached its completeness when Jesus was born. He was, and is Immanuel – God with us. And when the Holy Spirit came in His fullness at Pentecost, He has come to be in us. Do not fear.
These have been words from the heart.