Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
Written By Benjamin Dankaka
Whatever your challenges might be, I know that it can be scary. However, sometimes, it is the not the problems in our lives that hurts us but the fear of the unknown. I remember when my mum was sick and I had to abandon everything I was doing to take care of her, my health also begun to fail as my blood pressure became so high. My doctor warned me that I was going to have a stroke if I didn’t work on myself. I discovered that what made me hypertensive overnight was the fear of losing my mother. I couldn’t stop worrying because her condition wasn’t improving despite the medication, and the prayers my siblings and I were saying on her behalf. So I know what fear can do to anyone in times of crisis.
When challenges hit you, the devil often comes along with “fear”. He uses “fear” as a weapon to cripple you, making you lose your ability to withstand the crisis. To overcome any challenge, you must first of all, eliminate the fear in your heart. Unfortunately, fear isn’t something you can eliminate with the doctor’s prescription. To overcome fear, you’ve got to get a prescription from God. I discovered this truth as I was taking care of my mother. When the medication I got from the doctor didn’t work, I began to study the Bible. God’s way of helping us fight challenges often begins with a charge to overcome our fears. In Isaiah 43, God said to His people, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you.” Then He said, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” One remarkable thing about God is that He may not always prevent challenges from hitting us. But when challenges come our way, He rescues us.
Prayer: Lord, help me overcome my fears. Amen.
REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Isaiah 43:1-2
Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.