"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."
Many times through the years I have been fearful. I have been afraid of the dark, heights, rodents, and spiders. I can remember about seven years ago when I was in the hospital with kidney and liver failure due to my chronic illness and side effects to the medications, the doctors were confused as to how to care for me. After 24 hours I was to another transferred to another hospital. I was in a great amount of pain, edema all over my body, my skin was an ugly pale yellow, and I was in and out of sleep due to medications. I was separated from my family while the doctors and staff worked on me performing a multitude of tests. All I could think about was that I was going to die without any family members beside me.
Not long after the thought of dying came to my mind, a calm assurance rushed over me and I could hear a sweet soft voice inside say, “Fear not! I am with you.” For those of us who know the Lord, Isaiah 41:10 is extremely assuring. It tells us why we are not to fear: 1) God is with us (“I am with you”); 2) God has established a relationship with us (“I am your God”); and 3) God gives us assurance of His strength, help, and victory over sin and death (“I will strengthen you, help you, and uphold you.”).
In God’s comforting grace and mercy He removed my fear that day and placed it upon Himself. He assured me that my life on earth was not over; He put within my heart a new purpose; to live simply; laugh often; and to love deeply.