21st June 2023 – Do not be Afraid

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We all face difficult times in our lives, sooner or later. God never promised us an easy life. He did however promise that he would always be with us, whatever we are facing.

A few years ago, I was privileged to sing an anthem by Philip Stopford ‘Do not be afraid’. His work is based on Isaiah 43 and this beautiful setting really brought home to me the promises God has made to us all.

Through Isaiah, V.1 God says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” What a promise! Not only is God telling us He forgives our past wrongs, but also says He knows us each of us individually by name and we are His children. What a powerful verse of reassurance. And it gets better.

Verse 2 promises that:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Whatever trials and tribulations we are facing God has promised to be with us, for God always keeps his promises in order to equip us for what we are facing. Verse 10

“I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God can strengthen us by helping us through scary or difficult times. He loves us so much that he lends us His power, strength, guidance, and spirit, so as not to be afraid. With the Holy Spirit within us we never have to face a challenge alone.

In Peter 5:7 we are told “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Don’t face it alone, He wants you to share it with Him in prayer and face it together. Working with Him and continually asking for His guidance will take you on the right path and reduce any anxiety you are feeling, as Luke 1:37 tells us “Nothing will be impossible with God.”

Our challenges will pale to insignificance when we think of God’s promise of eternal life. In Luke 12:31, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” The challenges we face on earth are passing and we should remember, the real focus for us as Christians should be to attain eternal life with God.

Whatever challenges we are facing this week remember the words of the hymn “I’ll go in the strength of the Lord. In paths he has marked for your feet; I’ll follow the light of his word, nor shrink from the dangers I meet.”

Follow God’s lead, remember He is with you, He will give you the strength and share with you the challenge you are facing. Pray for His guidance and do not be afraid!.