A South England Conference Platform

Nerrine Barrett

Fear Not

Isaiah 41:10 states, ‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,Yes, I will help you,I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Fear Not

This past year we encountered COVID-19 and have the scars to prove it. But in the midst of all of this uncertainty, I can hear a still small voice saying, ‘Fear not’.

There are five reasons in this passage that tells us why we should not be fearful:

  1. Fear not — God is with you. David can testify of this in Psalm 139:7-8: “Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if a make my bed in hell, behold you are there’. The same is true for us. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
  2. Fear not — God is our God. He is real. When we are not sure about anything or anyone, we can be sure about God. When mother and father forsake us and friends leave us, God will always be there for us. He is constant; and just as how he led the children of Israel through the wilderness till they finally reached the promised land, so will He do the same for us.
  3. Fear not — God will strengthen you. When we learn to lean on Jesus, we will find more strength to endure. As the Psalmist says, ‘ Wait upon the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen thy heart: wait, I say, on the Lord (Psalms 27:14). Isaiah also echoes David’s sentiment: ‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
  4. Fear not — God will help you. When we lift up our eyes to the hills ‘from whence cometh our help’, we will realise that our help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. We need to call and cast our cares upon Him, for He cares for us. In times like these God is indeed our help. He said, ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God’ (Philippians 4:6).
  5. Fear not — God will uphold you. God cannot help but do right by us. God’s right hand is strong and powerful, and it is what He uses to uphold and guide us. God’s right hand surrounds and strengthens us. He will fight our battles for us. Fear not, because God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). So, therefore, fear not.