• P. Frank

God is With You, Always

We all have fears. You may fear small things like being attacked by a dog, going to the dentist, or standing up high on a ladder. You may fear something larger like losing your job, getting into a serious car wreck, or losing your life. We all face situations in life that make us anxious, worried, and afraid.

There’s good news when it comes to our fears: GOD LOVES US! The prophet Isaiah passes on the message from God that we don’t have to be afraid because we have the hope that God will strengthen us and help us in each situation we face. “’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. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:10, 13–14).

God warns us against embracing fear. That is because fear can side-step around the blessings that God has promised us. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11). And just as the Lord’s plan for our lives is good and right, Satan’s plan for us is evil and wrong; he is always trying to steal us away from God. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that [you] may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). Faith in God and His Word opens the door to His plans for us while fear opens the door to Satan's plans.

How do you let your faith in God beat out your fear? Pray to God, praise and worship God, and completely immerse yourself in God's Word. Our faith shows us that we should not give into fear because the Lord is with us always, everywhere we go. (Read Joshua 1:9). We have all been there; when times have become desperate and our emotions tell us that we are alone in our troubles. We are social creatures, so being alone and in trouble almost always leads to fear. But still the choice is ours: to live by fear or to live by faith. If we choose to live by faith, we will receive the rewards and victories that the Lord has promised us.

Sometimes, we feel ambushed by sudden calamities that drum up lots of fear. FEAR NOT! Nothing is a surprise to God. A problem may happen tomorrow, but God is already there. If that problem is here today, the solution is coming and God is already there too. And even if there is not a solution and we will lose our life, God is there waiting in heaven with outstretched arms. That should give us all great comfort. Before we even have a problem, God has His solution already prepared for us.

When we give the Lord His rightful place in our hearts, souls, and minds, He fulfills the promise to us that He is responsible for our welfare (body and soul) and He becomes our Protector and Provider. He fights our battles for us and He makes Himself available to us every moment of every day, everywhere we go. He will take your hand in His, strengthen you and help you through your troubles, no matter how big or small they are. And He does all of this out His own grace and mercy, freely.

We have God on our side. He knows the past, present, and future. He has unlimited wisdom and resources. He has promised that He will help us. When we realize that God is on our side and that He will always walk with us through any situation that we might face, we then know why He tells us not to be afraid. God won’t let us down, so we have no reason to be afraid. All Glory be to God!