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I will uphold you with my... right hand' Isaiah 41:10 NIV

When the rest of the world quakes in its boots at the latest financial crash or pandemic, and friends grumble through another personal crisis, do you know you have a reason not to fear?

It is very simply this: the presence of your Father, who thinks of you dearly, and counts you as one of His own protected children. Through thick and thin, ebb and flow, illness and health, there with you is the companionship and care of the world's biggest Protector. You can lie in a hospital bed and, even there, praise the God who heals. You can draw on strength, especially when you feel weak, withered and battered down inside. You can resist the enemy even when you feel defeated - remember, God commanded the Israelites to fight huge nations and armies with a teeny handful of warriors. Why? Because it was God's greater strength that would win the day (see Deuteronomy 20:1-9), and any fearful hearts among the Israelites would put off His awesome, odds-defying destiny for them. '...Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too' (Deuteronomy 20:8). God knows that when you allow fear to rule your heart, it's fatal, not only for you, but for those around you.

So what now? Take your fears to God first thing. Let Him lift your head and raise your hopes. Then go out and share your confidence that 'the Lord your God... will be with you'.

SoulFood: 1 Chr 4:24 - 5:26, Luke 11:45-54, Ps 119:1-8, Pr 20:15-18

The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd alt

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