Throughout Scripture, we repeatedly are instructed not to be afraid. God eased Abram’s concerns by telling him God was his shield (Genesis 15:1). Among others, God told Moses (Numbers 21:34, Deuteronomy 7:18, Deuteronomy 20:3), Hagar (Genesis 21:17), Joshua (Joshua 10:25, Joshua 11:6), Ruth (Ruth 3:11), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:8, Jeremiah 10:5, Jeremiah 30:10, Jeremiah 40:9, Jeremiah 42:11), Elijah (2 Kings 1:15), and the Israelites when they went into battle (Deuteronomy 20) that they should not be frightened.
Jesus told us not to be afraid (Matthew 10:31. Mary told the shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal not to be afraid. Her words and calm presence immediately set their worries to rest. Even angels are sent to calm us. The angel of the Lord told Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, that the child she carried is from the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20).
God said, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
These are powerful words. We cannot fail when God is with us, strengthening us, and helping us.
Trusting in God means we are to put our worries aside. If we are with God, we are well protected.
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