“Do not fear.” Jesus said that at least a thousand times. Well, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration! But He said it enough that we should be advised fear is unwarranted. What an amazing thought! That tells us something about Jesus’ desire to help us overcome our fears.
After 40 years in the desert the day came when God called the Israelites once again to move into Canaan and take possession of the Promised Land. Joshua was their new leader. God sent him forth with this admonition: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened or dismayed…I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. I have given you the land.” Perhaps that is the key to fear-free living – knowing that God is here and God’s promise is secure.
How encouraging to think that we can lean on that information. It really boils down to our faith and trust in God’s faithfulness. Let’s see how it plays out in the Bible, and in our lives too. See you Sunday!
READ Numbers 14:8-9, Joshua 1:1-9, Matthew 14:22-33
READ THE SERMON: Overcoming Fear: God Will Make You Stand