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From Fear to
by Milford Bowen
Each of us is going to face
some kind of challenging crisis in our lifetime. Perhaps it's serious
illness in our own lives, or the death of a loved one. We've seen many
calamities in the past year from floods to earthquakes that have ravaged
people's lives and their possessions. If we come to that would we face such
things with fear or with courage?
Would we be anxious or go to
God and His Word for power and strength to overcome such a difficulty. In
Philippians 4:6 God tells us, “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in
every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God.”
We seek God's help by
prayers and supplication with thanksgiving. We stay thankful as we remember
all the previous times God has been there to pick us up out of our
difficulties. He has promised to always be there for us. “. . . for he hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5b).
After the death of Moses,
God told Joshua he was to be the leader of the children of Israel. Do you
think that Joshua might have been a little bit fearful, and anxious about
this awesome responsibility? God gave Joshua some encouragement. “There
shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as
I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake
thee. Be strong and of a good courage: . . .” (Joshua 1:5-6a). God told
Joshua He would be with him, and not fail him. What a promise!
God will surely do the same
for believers today when we go to Him. God won't desert us in our time of
need. The lord strengthens us and holds us up when we're emotionally and
physically “drained.” “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD
will bless his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).We should say with the
Psalmist, “I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD:. . . “ (Psalm 71:16a).
There's a song that says “God's strength is perfect when my strength is
gone.” II Corinthians 12:9a says, “ And he said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness . . ..”
When we are weak He makes us strong as we call on Him.
What is our response to
difficult times we face? Do we sense God's presence or do we just get caught
up in the problem. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7).
God lives inside us and His
power is constantly available. God is adequate to handle any situation. He
can take us through anything. “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a
good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God
is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9). “. . . for he hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5b). Nobody
else can say “I'll never leave you,” but God can. He is always there. He'll
see us through.
“Be strong and of good