God is in the courage-giving business. Throughout the Bible we hear the call again and again, “Fear not for I am with you.” God’s message is one of faith and courage, not fear and trembling. From Abraham, to Joshua, to Mary to the shepherds in the field, God has been proclaiming to the generations, “Do not be afraid.” In the Psalms we are reminded, “Even when I walk through the darkest valleys, I will not be afraid for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” There is comfort in knowing we are not alone, that God is close beside us through our difficulties. What a reassurance comes when we remember God’s voice saying, “I am with you.”
I’m reminded of the encouragement God gave Joshua as he took over the leadership of the Israelites,
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
God wanted Joshua to continually meditate on His commands and to walk in courage. The Israelite leader had to face many difficult battles, but God gave him what he needed for each battle. God doesn’t want us to live in the discouragement of fear, but rather the courage of knowing He is with us.
We can replace our fears with faith in God and with seeking His wisdom and direction.
Plan of Action
- Recognize the fears that lurk in your life.
- Seek God’s direction and help.
- Praise and thank God in the midst of your worries and fears.
- Remember the battle is the Lord’s.
- Do not be discouraged and do not give into despair.
- Ask for His peace that passes all understanding.
- Walk forward with wisdom, patience and faith.
This blog is an excerpt from Positive Life Principles for Women
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