Why is it that we focus on what we cannot do, rather than what God can do? Is there another way to respond to the struggles of life beside fear? How about faith?
We become fearful because we think everything is up to us. Silent trust is more valuable than self-trust. It’s up to us to solve our problems, it’s up to us to overcome our struggles, it’s up to us to make everything right. That’ what we say—and that’s how we fail.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isa 41:10)
Isaiah’s point is that nothing is up to us. Everything is up to the One who is with us and who works in and through us.
Fear dominates everything, decides everything, and destroys everything. Fear, fear, fear, nothing but fear determinates everything and defines everything.
Fear is the worst reality we face, much greater than the reality of God when we give into it and fail to trust our Lord.
Yet God says, “Fear not.” Why shouldn’t we fear? Because just as God restored ancient Israel when the nation changed its mind and repented, so He will restore us if we turn from going our way to living His way by trusting Him.
I AM is with us: This is where God makes Himself known as the great I AM, and we can be free from fear when we remember that the great I AM is with US!