08 May 2008 Leave a comment
Isaiah 41:10a, “Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee…”
I listened to a sermon today about fear and anxiety. The pastor, Ed Wright, noted that in the Bible, when God’s angels approached a human, they would first say, “Fear not!” Humans are fearful creatures. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Obviously, no Christian is perfect in (their) love. It is safe to assume we all deal with fear on occasion. Some of us have chronic anxiety. We worry about a myriad of life’s troubles, like our health, finances, children, or the salvation of a loved one.
Remember, God’s love is perfect. God is Love. The only place we can rest our fear and anxiety is in Him, by trusting in Him. To have faith that He loves us with His perfect love. To have faith that He cares so much for us, that even the hairs on our head are numbered. To accept comfort from Him, as a child running to daddy to be told, “it’s okay, Honey. I’m here. Daddy will keep you.” We can cast our fears before Him and trust in His Sovereignty, not depending on our own strength (or lack thereof) to pull through, but to be comforted in His strength, because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. He is “with you always.” Remember this whenever fear or worry grips your heart.