by Pastor Mark Jordan
“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)
Psychologists have categorized more than 500 phobias, though some believe the list could be near endless. Let’s face it, there are things that scare us all. Some of these are common — like of public speaking or snakes — and some are less common — like a fear of wind or gold. Still, when we think about the various things that can happen to any one at any given time, we can certainly empathize with someone who has a crippling fear, whether it makes sense to us or not.
Scripture offers 365 instances of and iterations of “do not fear.” Essentially, you could read a different message about having no fear every day of the year. Though the fears may be different, there is a constant one can hold on to regardless of what comes: God.
What scares you? What leaves you feeling dismayed? What causes you to feel alone? Regardless of what it is, God is with you. He is! And if God is for you, who (or what) could be against you? God wants you to be strong and upheld, even when you feel weak and ready to collapse.
Prayer: Dear Lord, there are so many different things that bring about fear. Regardless of what it is that frightens me, help me to know that with your strength and righteousness with me, nothing that can go wrong will be my undoing. I thank you and praise you for your strong presence. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.