Fear Not

Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

This is such a reassuring verse. The words “fear not” appear throughout Scripture, often uttered by God’s messengers as they seek to comfort and assure those who they have appeared to. But fear is rarely extinguished, even for those who place their faith in Jesus Christ.

Many Christians remain tormented with fears about their past, so much so that it can become a paralyzing force in their present lives. We wonder if God could truly forgive the things we have done, believing that there are simply too many commandments broken from a life that was lived in complete rebellion for many years past.

This, however, need not be the case. We need only turn to God’s word for reassurance of His forgiveness (Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 43:25-26; Psalm 103:12; Acts 3:19; Hebrews 10:17; 1 John 1:9). Further, we know these verses are true, as all Scripture is breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16) and we know God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hebrews 6:18).

But our paralyzing fear is not just about our past. It can also be about our present. In this fallen world we live in, where moral relativism is so prevalent, we can become swayed by what society has deemed as appropriate behavior. How easy it can become a slippery slope once our morals are compromised; for the challenge of peer pressure does not just belong to the youth.

We must stand firm in believing that Truth—God’s Word—is unchanging and represents ultimate authority today just as it has for centuries. In our study verse, God promises to be with us, to strengthen us, and uphold us, at all times and in all circumstances. Unless we possess doubt, we should find these words as all of the assurance we need.

Still others have fear of the future. Time and time again, for example, the nation of Israel had doubts about God’s promises for their future, despite His continued comfort and assurance that He will be their God. We have inherited that same promise; but unfortunately we have also inherited the same spirit of rebellion.

Once we place our trust in our own strength, fear will be given birth. We ignore “I am with you” and focus more on our own ability to resolve what is presented before us. We lose sight of the fact that His blood has covered all of our sins: past, present, and future. We forget that in His Sovereignty our time today is under His care and that the future is His to design—and wherever He leads, whatever duty is ours to do, whatever sorrow or trouble will come our way, He will be with us and there is no need to fear.

Le this promise of “I am with you” dispel all of your fears: past, present, and future.

Fear not.