Fear can be a very debilitating force in someone's life. That gripping fear that snatches on to your heart and squeezes, making your chest feel heavy and tight. Fear is something that we all go through at one time or another. Whether it be the worry of losing a loved one, fear of not being able to pay the bills, or fear of death, or countless other things we tend to worry about, it is never something that is easy to go through. Fear is a very normal response to a situation that you are not in control of, but we have to remember when we are afraid that someone else IS in control.
God protects us
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
God has promised to cover us when we are afraid. He will shield us from the scary things in our lives. This verse makes me picture a Mama bird protecting her babies. I have seen it, when someone gets too close to their nest first they will cover the babies with their wing, then if the person gets closer they will come out of the nest and try and lead them away...as a last resort they will actually try to attack the person who is coming toward the nest. Isn't it great to know that our Heavenly Father will protect us this way?
God strengthens and helps us
10 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.’
The Bible tells us not to be afraid because God is strengthening us and helping us through our time of trouble. Not only does He protect us, but He upholds us through it. We may think that it is more than we can handle, and it probably is if we try and handle it on our own, but if we let God help us we can handle anything.
God comforts us
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
God has promised to protect us, to uphold us and give us strength, AND to comfort us. I remember when I was little and I was afraid, I would get up in the middle of the night and go to my grandma or mom and they would always wrap their arms around me and calm me. Just knowing that God is there to comfort us when we are afraid is a huge relief.
God gives us Peace
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
God is in control of every situation. He knows what is going to happen and He just wants us to let go and let Him do His work. Knowing that He is in control and allowing Him to give you peace in your heart will bring you to the end of your fear.
When you are afraid remember to let go and let God protect you, strengthen and help you, comfort you, and give you peace