To Overcome My Fear
This Sunday we began a new series called God is Big Enough, where we are exploring some of the areas of our life where we often feel small and powerless and see what God has to say about it. On Sunday we talked all about fear. The type of fear we focused on was not healthy fear that saves us from dangerous situations, nor was it the fear of the Lord. We focused on the fear that debilitates us, the fear that damages our relationships and negatively impacts our health, the fear that robs us of our joy.
We are not the only ones who struggle with fear, fear has gripped generations since the beginning of our existence. Fear seeped into the Israelites’ thoughts as Babylon overtook Jerusalem, destroyed their city, and forcibly moved them to a foreign land. They feared for their lives, and they feared the future. In the midst of this uncertain and scary time, God speaks a word of hope to the Israelites. God says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name, and you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you won’t be scorched and the flame won’t burn you.” This passage of walking through the waters recalls the Exodus story, where God lead the Israelites through the Red Sea. This passage in Isaiah announces a new exodus, a liberation from the exile.
In Isaiah 43:1-7, God’s reasons not to fear is two-fold. First, we belong to God. God has called us by name, and we are God’s. Remembering whose we are, a child beloved by God, begins to take away fear’s hold and control over our lives. No child of God is ever inadequate, rejected, or a failure to God. Second, because we belong to God, God is with us no matter what. While we still will endure troubled waters and fiery places, God is with us, and somehow, someway with God with us, we will be okay. As MLK Jr. said in a sermon once, “Fear knocked at the door, faith answered. There was no one there.” When we think about the fact that we belong to God and God, the creator of the universe, is with us, it puts our fears into a different perspective. In the face of God, fear begins to fade. For God is big enough to overcome our fear.
Monday- Isaiah 43:1-13
Tuesday- Isaiah 43:12-28
Wednesday- Exodus 14:1-14
Thursday- Exodus 14:15-31
Friday- Psalm 34:1-22
Questions to Consider or Discuss:
1. Think about a fear that is consuming your thoughts right now. Now, reflect on the truths that you belong to God and God is with you. What new light does God shed on that fear?
2. What does it mean to you that the Lord will never leave you or forsake you?
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