“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
If we have recognized and accepted God as our Lord and Savior, there must be NO FEAR in us. Yet, many of us who say that we have put all our faith and trust in God, live in constant fear. This is a contradiction. We either believe and trust in the fact that God is Omniscient (there are no limits to His knowledge and wisdom), Omnipotent (there are no limits to His power), and Omnipresent (there no place where His presence is not), or we don’t. We are either all-in, or all-out. We either fully believe and trust Him, or we don’t.
Fear is evidence of our lack of trust in our Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent God. God has never, does not now, nor will He ever, break His promises. So, when God says that He will give us the strength to continue on during our hardest and most trying times, and will sustain us during the pressures of everyday living, HE WILL DO IT! However, He will not do it for those who refuse to put the full measure of their faith and trust in Him. Look at what He is telling us through the Prophet Isaiah:
“You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Are you a Christian who struggles with fear? Could it be that it’s because your relationship with God is fractured because you have been focused on your problems instead of on the Problem Solver? When Jesus called Peter out of the boat onto the stormy waters of the Sea of Galilee, Peter, putting all his faith and trust in Jesus, got out of the boat and started walking on water towards Jesus who was walking on the Sea of Galilee. However, when he took his eyes off of Jesus to focus on the stormy water under his feet, Peter began to sink and drown (Matthew 14:22-33). Something came between he and Jesus that caused him to sink and fear came over him, again. His fear of the stormy water became greater than his faith in Christ, who had caused him to walk on water, and who moments later, calmed the stormy sea.
If this is you and you want to live in the perfect peace of God, remember what Jesus said and promised us:
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you (Matthew 6:31-33).”
If we commit to striving to live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to His commands, God will provide everything we need. We will live in complete and perfect peace. Would you like for your peace to be restored?
- Ask God to forgive you for focusing on your problems, instead of Him.
- Ask God to give you the strength to continue focused on growing your faith in Him.
- Ask God to sustain you through the pressures of your life.
Will you do it? “Do what He says, and watch what He does.”
In Christ’s love,