When You’re Afraid

Fear. It’s a hot topic right now. It seems in our world today that there are many things and people to be afraid of. Groups like ISIS dominate the news right now as they are apparently committing horrible atrocities in the Middle East and many believe that they are planning an attack here in the United States. That may very well be the case but I know this, we cannot let fear control us!  In the Bible we read about Abraham.  Abraham was a man who followed God as he led him to different places.  He trusted God to give him a son. He trusted God when God commanded him to take that son Isaac and sacrifice him on a mountaintop. But there were times when Abraham was afraid (I won’t go into specific stories here) and he let that fear control him and the decisions he made. Fear caused him trouble on more than one occasion.

In Genesis 15:1, God said this to Abraham. “Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield, your very great reward.

Whatever reasons Abraham had to (in his mind) be afraid, God wanted him to remember two things. 1.  He promised to defend Abraham, “I am your shield”. 2. He promised to be Abraham’s very great reward. When we fear what is ahead of us, remember that God will stay with us during difficult times and that he has promised us great blessings.

One other thing, when you’re afraid, remember the promise that Jesus gave the apostles in Matthew 28:20b “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Are there scary things and people in this world? Without a doubt. But I take courage in the fact that God will not abandon his children and that Jesus is always with us.  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

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