#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
God wants us to live full, beautiful, confident lives. He has created a world full of joy and love. He has given us gifts of the spirit, talents and purpose on the earth. He has given us everything. (If you just crinkled your brow, shook your head or pursed your lips, please keep reading – this is for you!) So why are there so many scriptures in the bible, hundreds in fact, that instruct us to “Fear not,” and “Don’t’ be afraid”? One has to wonder… Is it because God knew, in his infinite wisdom, that we would be quick to yield to fear? Even in a world full of beauty and light we are so conditioned to see the darkness around us. Why is it that the negative comments are the ones that seem the stickiest? I can write a facebook post or shoot a YouTube video and receive one hundred positive comments with only five derogatory remarks. Those negative Nancys are the ones that I tend to remember. They get the blood pumping and the frustration builds. Old hurts and insults often tend to linger longer than good memories. With so much good in the world and in our lives why is it that we tend to focus on the negative?
While there are hundreds of scriptures that tell us to “fear not”, similarly there are hundreds of scriptures that remind us to “Have faith”, “Trust Him”. Probably because God knew we needed reminded to focus on our faith, not our fears. Fear is the opposite of faith. If we really have faith in our big God and His very real love and purpose for our lives, then it should be easier to trust than to fear. We have to remember how big God is and how real His love is. He even loves us enough to remind us to focus on Him. That is why I appreciate this verse – “Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” It doesn’t just tell us what not to do, but what God actually expects. Be strong and courageous! For God is with you. It is a reminder. He is a big God and He loves us so much that He is with us wherever we go.
Imagine God in the room – with you – right now. Not the still small voice that whispers to your heart, but a big and mighty God who is able to do exceedingly above and beyond all that we can ask or even think! That is the God who is in the room with you right now. That is the God who is with you wherever you go. That is the God who will lift you up, bring you peace, comfort you and guide you. Not because life is perfect but because He knows that it isn’t. Even in this world which is full of beauty and goodness, there is darkness. There is pain. There are challenges. God describes Himself in the Word as a comforter because He knows, despite all His good gifts, life won’t be perfect and we will need comfort. He tells us to have courage, not because life is supposed to be easy, but because He knows that it won’t be. There will be plenty of times when you will be tempted to be afraid, to be fearful. But we can have a bold confidence that our Almighty God, is with us! This verse is a beautiful reminder – Be STRONG! Take heart. Have Courage (aka faith in God) to face the challenges that life brings you. He wants you to have a full and meaningful and wonderful life. He loves us so much, the Bible tells us so. Go with the confidence and boldness, knowing that always – the Lord is with you wherever you go.
Nicole Dawn is a Social Media Manager who lives in Titusville, FL. She believes that you only get one life and you should do everything you want. As a result, she never quits. It may take more time and money than originally planned, but in the end all we had was time and money to spend. You get one life – live it.