To Fear or Not to Fear — That is the Question

12 Nov

 

Sometimes we don't see the forest for the trees.

 

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Do you ever wonder, “Why would God help me?  Why would He protect me???  Can I really trust Him?  I mean bad things happen ALL the time!

Let’s see what God has to say about why He will protect us:

1.  We are God’s workmanship, created by Him unto good works.  (Ephesians 2:10)  He will not leave His own handiwork unprotected.

2.  We are the people of His purchase.  He has redeemed us.  (Isaiah 43:1)  He will not leave His purchase unprotected.

3.  We are His peculiar people, whom He has distinguished from others and set apart for Himself.  (Titus 2:14 Ampl.)  He will not leave His own people unprotected.

4.  He has called us by name.  (Isaiah 43:1)  This indicates an intimate relationship.  He will not leave us unprotected.

5.  He has made a covenant with us.  (Hebrews 13:20,21)  God does not break His promises.  He will protect us.

Recently, the consulate security people told our new teachers that Guayaquil is more dangerous than Baghdad.  They recommend all manner of safety precautions.  Although we are not foolish, we do not go to great lengths to protect ourselves because we know whatever comes in to our lives has to go through God first, and whatever comes is somehow for the greater good whether we can see and understand that or not.  So we are not protected from everything that we would consider “bad”.  But we are protected in a much greater sense.

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