What You Need To Know If You Feel AfraidEnergize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right. And redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!” Isaiah 35:3 (MSG)
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It wasn’t so long ago that I last felt real fear.
Fear was so pungent it made my muscles quiver and my bladder feel like it was going to burst.
In the dark of night I woke up to my husband shivering next to me in the bed. Not from fear but from fever. Which if you know anything about post-chemotherapy care is a very bad thing.
I didn’t know what to do. It was past midnight. And I was afraid.
Did I need to rush him to hospital?
Should I call the doctor?
Should I calm down and breathe?
Could I even drive with my muscles quivering so hard?
I’m sure you’ve found yourself in similar situations where you are so afraid you can’t think straight. It feels like you’re no longer in control and you can barely move or think for the fear.
If you’re like me you just wish that someone was there to hold you and make everything better.
Which is why a few days later when I read this verse in Isaiah 35 I felt like God was speaking to me, and to anyone who has ever felt afraid.
Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”
Did you hear that? In the place where fear is saying that it is in charge God is saying I am here, right here.
That night when I was shaking like a leaf I was scared because I felt alone, I was afraid because I felt like I had to make everything right on my own.
I wish I’d realized that I wasn’t alone the other night. That in my fear I could have talked to God. But I didn’t that night.
Fear does that, it isolates us, it makes us forget that God is here, right here. (Tweet this)
Fear makes us forget that God has promised to never leave us.
I’m sure you’d agree that somehow the most terrible things seem less scary when we face them with someone by our side.
I think that is why God tells us over and over in the bible that not to be afraid, he is with us.
God knows that his presence casts out fear. (Tweet this)
God knows we need to be reminded that we are not alone. We are not left to fight fear on our own, to battle our terrors with our wobbly knees and shallow breaths by ourselves.
In our darkest, most petrifying moment we need to remember that God-of-the-Angel-Armies is there, he is right there and he has promised to make all things right.
Next time you feel afraid know that you are not alone. God is with you and his presence casts out fear. Then breathe out a prayer, and breathe in the courage that comes when you know One bigger than your fear is on your side.
Prayer: God, please energize my limp hands and strengthen my rubbery knees. Help me to feel that you are here, right here, right now in this moment when I am afraid. Come and save me, Lord. Amen.
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