Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid,
nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
God has led me through some frightening times...times of not knowing what the future will bring.
Maybe even more frightening have been the times when I knew exactly what the future was going to bring.
And there is more frightening times and more uncertainty facing me right now.
Yet God has commanded us...commanded...that we not be afraid.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15)
Woodrow Kroll writes "Lessons for Living"
A child had to walk each evening past a dark, spooky house. Some adult
friends tried to give him courage. One handed him a good-luck charm to
ward off the ghosts. Another installed a light at a particularly dark
corner near the house. A third took a more spiritual approach, saying,
"It's sinful to be afraid. Trust God and be brave!" It was good advice,
but not much help. Then one friend said with compassion, "I know what it
is to be afraid. I'll walk with you past the house." Instantly the child's
fears were gone.
"Lucky charms" don't work, mantras don't work.
It is because we are adopted children of God that we know that He walks with us.
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. (Psalm 18:32)
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6)
Do not trust men...they will fail you Only God will never fail. And He will walk with you through the scary parts.
You can go through life thinking that there will always be somebody there - a "rock" - but that's not true.
Sometimes, it's just you...and God.