God says this over and over again in the Bible. Do not fear! Why? Because He made us and He knows us..we are fearful..we have doubts..we wonder..we imagine the worst..we are weak and scared. The truth is we will be fearful..the important thing is what we do when that happens. Do we cave into the fear? Do we self-medicate? Do we shrink back? Possibly.
He wants us to come to Him. Fear is a tool of the enemy to keep us from living the life that God has for us. He comes after us in our weakest areas..scaring us and planting seeds of doubt in us. God is saying..listen to Me.. DO NOT FEAR! Wow! He means it. He knows the battle and He wants us to come to Him and to continue to trust Him when everything points to catastrophic endings.
If we choose to make fear based decisions.. we are not living life with God. We are writing our own sad story and heading down the path without Him..a dangerous place to be. We won’t sense His presence or know His protection. As we try to make life easier for ourselves..it may get worse. God is calling to us..step out..take risks..trust Me..allow Me to teach you My ways.
As we walk by faith and not by sight we will grow stronger in Him. We live in very dangerous times..there are so many self-help ideas surrounding us..so many man-made solutions..so many temptations to do anything but trust in the Living God. Walking with God is not a popular path..you won’t find many others who do it wholeheartedly. You choose..fear and anxiety or the abundant life with Him.. He is with you!
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burnt up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy one of Israel, Your Savior…Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”