Sooo, how did everyone do with learning last week’s scripture verse? If not great, that’s ok! A work in progress is still progress. Try something different for the next verse, and keep working on the last one. This week, God tells us, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…”
Last week, in 2 Timothy, we were told that God gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control, rather than a spirit of fear. Other versions use the word timidity. God has given us what we need spiritually to overcome the angst of life. I love this chapter because it goes on to remind us that God saved us, NOT because of our works, but by his purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus. Reminding ourselves that our works are not what guarantees our salvation (nor our children’s), is freeing. What are you stressing about that you should give to God?
Our verse for this week:
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
All of us have fears, some more rational that others. God speaks about fear in the Bible many times, which means He is not surprised when we are fearful. However, the Bible also tells us that Satan uses our fear (2 Timothy 1:7). This verse encourages us to lean on faith rather than indulging fear. God is bigger!
An Irrational Fear…
Admitting our fears, at the minimum to ourselves, is the first step. You cannot address what you do not acknowledge. Just so that you know you aren’t the only one with a weird fear, I will share one of mine with you! I have an irrational fear called emetophobia, the fear of vomit. Ridiculous right? I know, but it doesn’t change the fact that when I was younger, if I saw, heard, or smelled vomit, my heart would race, I would hyperventilate, and I bolted the scene. And if I got a stomach bug, it was 10X worse. My poor parents. And I am a physician assistant, haha! This lasted up until I had children, at which point I was involuntarily forced into “immersion therapy.” Long story short, my heart still races, and I will absolutely hand-off to my husband ASAP when a kiddo gets a stomach bug. BUT, if I am the only adult within a 1 mile radius AND it is my child that is sick, I can deal with it! I do a lot of praying. And my fear still controls me a bit in the sense that I do everything possible to avoid these bugs getting into my home, BUT, I’ve come a long way.
Anywho, I hope that writing these scriptures on our hearts will allow us to recall them during times of fear and anxiety, whether it is irrational or legitimate. Praying scripture is so powerful, but you can’t do it if you don’t know any scriptures!
Anyone brave enough to share their fears?! Do not be afraid, for I am with you!