Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4 NKJV
“You have to let go of the branch and jump toward me.”
“I’m afraid”, she said.
“I am strong enough to catch you and hold you.”
Her grip still remained strong on the branch, making her knuckles turn white.
“Look at me in the eyes, Daddy will catch you, trust me.”
“I do trust you, but I am still afraid.”
“Take a deep breath, look at my arms and face, be strong and let go, I will be here.”
Letting go of fear is always easier said than done. Fear has a way of gripping your heart that paralyzes actions to move forward. Even when those actions will lead to safety away from the thing that is causing the fear, people reman stuck. Fear can be so irrational, that sound arguments do little to dissuade it. Truth and words do have to power to overcome fear.
Isaiah is told by God to speak to those who are fearful-hearted. He is to find those who are weighted down with anxious thoughts. Can you identify others who are being gripped by fear? We may start by listening to them share about their fears and trouble, but it is not okay just to listen. You have the power and authority to speak to them, “Be strong and do not fear!”
Fear has to have a reason to “let go”. Isaiah moves those who are fearful into their relationship with God. God is aware of their fears. Some feel that this is a conversation that Isaiah is having with King Hezekiah when he is being attacked by a large army. Hezekiah needed to trust that God is big enough to handle his problem.
Remind people of God’s faithfulness. Remember how God has helped in the past and how He is faithful to keep His word. You can be strong in the face of fear, because God is stronger still. Greater is He that is within you, than he that is in the world. Don’t just say “everything is going to be okay”! Lead them to a trust in God who is working for good on their behalf.
“He will come and save you.” Notice he said, “He will come.” Not might, not maybe, not hope so, but with surety, “He will come.” Surety of God’s presence is one of the most comforting factors regarding fear. When He comes, His salvation is always with him.
It’s possible that YOU are the one who has an anxious heart. Speak the verse over yourself. Tell a friend about your fear and have them read the verse over your life. Let the words settle over your heart, Be strong, Do not fear! God will come and save you”
I invite you to listen to this song on Youtube – He Will Come and Save You!by Bob Fitts. Sing the song until it is reverberating in your spirit.
She jumped into my arms!
Blessings Love y’all