Daily Truth: “Fear not, for I am with thee”. Isaiah 41:10
One of my family’s favorite “fear not” passage is Psalm 56.
Last Wednesday night, our Pastor shared a portion of this chapter with us in church. My hubs and I reminded our oldest about this “fear not” passage that night at home.
Thursday was the big test of faith vs. fear for our oldest. She would have to board the bus to go to a game. In tears, she told us she absolutely didn’t want to do it.
So, we promptly brought her to this “fear not” passage.
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalms 56:3
(This song goes great to “The Wheels on the Bus”. An easy way for little guys to learn this verse.)
When we fear something, what do we often do?
Mmmmm – God knew that too.
“Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?” Psalms 56:8
Our tears are so important to God that He collects them and puts them in a bottle.
Then the Psalmist repeats himself.
“In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalms 56:11
We like to rephrase the last part.
“What can___________do to me?”
Fill in the blank with your child’s fear (or yours for that matter).
Storms. People. Buses. Darkness. (All real fears of my children).
You get the idea.
Here are a few more of our favorite “fear not” verses.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power.” II Timothy 1:7
God doesn’t want us to fear, so He gives us the power to face our fear.
” Fear not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;” Isaiah 41:10
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13
Once again a repeat. However, don’t miss the beautiful picture here. God holds our hand while we face our fears.
My youngest did that the other day. He hates anything doctor which if you know my family you will appreciate the irony of that fear. So, I was prepared that the dentist would be a humdinger of a visit. When the hygienist called my little man’s name. he looked at me, stretched his hand toward me, and said, “Can you hold my hand?” You know what- he didn’t let go until he was out of that chair.
That’s what God does with us when we have to face our fears. We look at Him with tears in our eyes, and ask Him, “Abba, Father, will you hold my hand?” He doesn’t let go.
“Only be thou strong and very courageous” Joshua 1:7
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Psalms 118:6
Psalms 23 is not only a good reminder of God’s provision, but also of His protection.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1
Can we not also say. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not fear.”
There are so many verses that deal with fear. These are just a few of our favorites.
So, what was the result of the bus? Well, when we asked her how it went – “It was great mom. I only wish you could have let me ride it home instead of having to go home with you.”
Sigh – I can’t win!
Until next week,