Every night a boy had to walk past what he believed was a haunted house. A friend gave him a good-luck charm to give him courage. An adult said, “It’s sinful to be afraid. Trust God! Be brave!” But he was still afraid. Then someone said with compassion, “I know what it is to be afraid. I will walk with you past the house.” That’s all the boy needed to quell his fears.
Several years ago I was asked to conduct a funeral. I had spoken at many similar occasions as a pastor, but this one was different. Physical and emotional exhaustion had depleted my inner reserves, causing me to lose all confidence in myself. But as the hour approached, I held to the promise of Isaiah 41:10 and did what I knew I had to do.
Looking back, I’ve concluded that it wasn’t simply using a Bible verse or telling myself to trust God that helped me through. Instead, it was because Someone was at that funeral, not only comforting the grieving but also lifting my fears. That Someone was Jesus Christ, who Himself had endured intense sorrow and grief. He was there in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Are you facing fear today? Let the words of Isaiah 41:10 remind you that the Lord is with you.
Fear not, I am with thee—O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand. —Anon.
Fear will leave us when we remember that Jesus is with us.