A dear girlfriend in Poland sends me Bible references a couple times each week. They’re always exactly what I need at the time. Don’t you love it when God directs things like that?
This week she sent these:
- Isaiah 41:10 – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
- Psalm 23:4 – “Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
- 1 John 4:18 – “Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us.”
Do you see the common thread woven throughout these verses? It’s the theme of overcoming fear because God is with us.
My human nature tends to migrate towards fear especially as we transition to the boat and my Bible study manuscript deadline looms. Here are several particulars.
- Our big-ticket possessions haven’t sold yet even though we’ve listed them and then re-listed at lower prices. Why aren’t they selling? We need the funds from those sales to help pay for sailboat-related expenses, and the clock is ticking.
- I’m doing the best I know at writing this Bible study, but a little inner voice whispers, What if it’s not good enough? What if people think it’s not worth their time?
- The deadline for this manuscript is March 1 – same day as we finalize our move aboard the boat. However, the marina of choice now has a slip for us and we need to move in on February 28. Doing so will require a full day. That means I just lost a day of writing time for the Bible study.
- Our ministry office is in the basement of the house we’re presently renting. We’d hoped to find renters to take our place—missions-minded people who won’t mind our staff coming and going (there’s an outside entrance to the ministry office, but the bathroom is located near the bottom of the staircase that leads to the upstairs and there’s no door separating those spaces). Our living upstairs was perfect—I enjoy having our staff around the place, but people unrelated to the ministry might not feel the same way. So—we’ve asked several people we thought would be interested, but none feel God’s go-ahead.
- My wellness journey has involved a routine of working out at the local gym several mornings each week. Because we’re moving, my membership ends on February 27. We head overseas from mid-March until mid-April, and then I’ll be home only three days a week until early May. Part of me is a little nervous about maintaining regular exercise over that two-month span. In my wellness journey, I’ve never gone that long without working out. Will falling from routine cause me to lapse back into unhealthy habits?
Each time my thoughts begin focusing on these fears, I turn them back to the Truth. What is that truth?
God is with me. He will uphold me with His victorious right hand. He will strengthen me. He loves me and has every detail already figured out. My job is to hold His hand and follow His lead.
Turning my thoughts to God’s unshakeable Truth helps calm fear. Peace envelops me as I continue to pack and sort my belongings and write the Bible study. God is up to something far bigger than I can imagine; I will trust and not be afraid because He is with me.
God is with you too. How do these verses help calm fear in your life?
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