Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)

Email:   wlderber@gmail.com

 

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). 

Do Not Fear

Dear Friend,

            What do you fear?  Of what are you afraid?  We might be afraid of serious health problems.  We might be afraid of losing our job.  We might be afraid of strife among our family or friends. We might be afraid of problems with our environment.  We might be afraid of what the future might bring us.  We might be afraid of financial problems.  We might be afraid of problems in our country.  We might be afraid of mass shootings, terrorists’ attacks or war.  We might even be afraid of our next-door neighbor.  It seems to me that we live in an especially fearful time.

            Of course, people of Bible times had their fears as well.  We all have our fears.  No wonder that over a hundred times in the Bible, God tells us to “fear not” or “do not be afraid.”

            Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us these reassuring words: “do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (41:10).  In just this one verse, God gives us five reasons that we need not be afraid: 1) he is with us; 2) he is our God; 3) he will strengthen us; 4) he will help us; and 5) he will hold us with his hand.

            Are you feeling especially fearful these days?  Because of these five great promises he gives us; God tells us “do not fear.”

 

In Christ,   Pastor Wayne