The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

The Living... — Exodus 14:13 (NIV) - Moses answered the people,...

Have you ever been afraid? I can remember being afraid of the dark when I was a little boy and had to go get something from one of our farm buildings when it was dark out. I can remember being lost once as a child and being afraid. Being afraid is a normal experience and shows us we need to rely on the Lord no matter the circumstance. Having a health concern can make you afraid of the future. The chaos of this world can cause fear of the future.

When we are afraid, we only need to cry out to God in prayer. The problem or circumstance may not go away, but we can be assured the Lord is with us. Many times, in those situations, the Lord gives us a peace that you cannot explain.

In our story of Moses, the people were afraid because they thought they were going to be killed by the Egyptian Army. They had seen 10 different miracles from God, but now they were not sure God would save them.

13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” [1] Exodus 14:13-14.

Don’t be afraid Moses said. Those may have sounded like hollow words. But Moses went on to explain, God will fight for you. Wow! How many frowns turned into smiles when Moses explained the character of God to the people.

Not only kids need reassurance. Each of us needs to be reminded and reassured that the Lord is with us and has not forgotten us. Our enemy, satan, likes to tell us God does not care or know about our problems. Those are just lies, and nothing could be further from the truth.

Do you need assurance today? Here are five Bible verses I have found helpful about being afraid.

  • Matthew 6:34 – “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.[2]
  • Joshua 1:9 – This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” [3]
  • Psalm 34:4I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. [4]
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? [5]

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[1,2,3,4,5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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