Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
All of us have felt fear in some form or the other. Perhaps it is nervousness before the exam results come out, anxiety over the health of a loved one, fear of what others might think or worries about the future. The Bible is filled with verses where God directly tells us not to worry, not to fear and not to be anxious.
So, how do we combat our fears and live in obedience to God’s Word? We let our faith overpower our fear. God wants us to be strong and of good courage. Does that mean we must be immune to the cares of this world? On the contrary. We must acknowledge our anxious thoughts but also counter them with the life-giving Word of God.
The next time you find yourself tormented by fear and anxiety, don’t look at what might happen. Look at who God is and what He can do instead. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the determination to trust in a God who is greater than your circumstances. Don’t let fear steal your joy. Remind yourself of what God has done for you this far and the promises He has proclaimed over your future.