Fear is universal. All of us deal with things that scare us. So how should we respond to God’s Word, ‘Fear not for I am with you?’ Can we honestly take to heart Isaiah 41:10 today and experience freedom because of God’s presence? What does this Bible verse really mean?

Here’s what author Anne Peterson says:

First of all, we can’t deal with anything we don’t acknowledge. We need to be honest with ourselves and face those fears.

You may be worrying about your children (young or grown), or worrying about a loved one who is sick. Maybe you’re wondering how you’re going to live when a family member has died. All of us can be fearful about our health, or our finances. We can worry about all sorts of things, big and small. And yet, our God knew we would struggle with fear.

So he made sure he wrote about it often in his love letter to us, with over 300 references to fear in the Word.

God doesn’t want us to be consumed by fear. And yet, our fears do not surprise him in the least.

So, we need to realize God is not disappointed in us when we have fears. No more than you are disappointed when one of your children is afraid.

God encourages us to not fear, so that we will trust in His presence; and know He is listening and working on our behalf.

Dylan shared Alison Kyeda’s message that ‘God is Listening,’ inspired by James 5. Read it by clicking here!

Today’s winner of the Action Bible ‘Easter’ book is Diane from Howard. Congratulations!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan