God tells us many times in Scriptures “fear not” and “do not be afraid.” Angel Gabriel also told Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary…” (Luke 1:30)
Be not afraid! But there’s so much (so very much) to be afraid of these days. Freaky global viruses, conflicts, economic woes and whatever is turning our personal landscapes into frightscapes…
…with rivers of fear obstructing our tranquility.
Years ago amidst tough times a friend shared verses from Isaiah that have become treasured comfort when frightscapes loom large for this redhead.
“…Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3
No matter how rough the rapids facing us, God our Creator calls us by name. God is with us, so we don’t have to be overwhelmed. (Handing over our fears to God’s safekeeping helps in that regard.)
We may splash around and take a tumble into our fears, but God’s good in the “let go and let Me rescue you” department.
If we ask, God provides courage and rafts of fortitude to cross the rivers of our fears (and often throws a little sunshine in as a bonus!)
On this third day of Advent, BE NOT AFRAID!
grace, peace & Advent Courage
Virginia : )
Photos: Bow River, Banff National Park (Canada)
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I love how many times the Bible tells us, “Be not afraid.” It’s like God knew some of us were going to need reminding!!
Oh, you are so right, Debbie. Many of my top top favorite verses include variations of “fear not” – “be strong and of good courage” -“be not afraid” (Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 41:10, Joshua 1:9) Seems like nowadays we need stockpiles of courage! Blessings!
Nice reminder and very true!
So many things to be afraid of these days, GH – Hope you are keeping well & as safe as possible! Big hugs (still nice we can share virtual hugs!) 💐🤗💐