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Fear of Crisis

'Do not fear, for I am with you.' Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Whether it's illness, grief, a broken heart, financial ruin or something else, each of us would want to be spared from these difficult things of life. The popular phrase goes, 'we need the bad times to appreciate the good,' and that's true to a point, but most of us would prefer to only experience the good.

We can live in dread that something terrible is going to happen, or constantly avoid situations and people that could cause hurt. But that's no way for us to live. God doesn't promise that our lives will be only full of good things, but he does promise that he'll never leave us. There's nothing that could happen to us that we'd have to face on our own. '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' (Isaiah 41:10 NIV).

We won't always understand why bad things happen to us, or why it seems like our lives are falling apart, but we can trust that God will use everything that happens to bring out good for those who love him (see Romans 8:28). And when we keep our eyes on God and keep trusting him, we'll make it out the other side of whatever circumstances we're facing. 'They won't be afraid of bad news; their hearts are steady because they trust the Lord' (Psalm 112:7 NCV).

So what now? Read Psalm 91. Write down any verses you feel particularly stand out to you.

Soulfood: Job 1 Job 2:7-10 Job 40:1-5 Job 42:7-17,

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