ec7527fa77d3c283de1b1de5284ba5eb“So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:21 NASB

Joseph’s brothers had much to fear. Dad, Jacob, had died and now they stood before the 2nd most powerful person in all of Egypt. This is the same man and brother who they had betrayed and sold as a slave. Their lives and their families were totally at the mercy of their younger brother, Joseph. It was Joseph’s message and tone that brought comfort to their fear.

Your words of comfort can help alleviate fear for others.

  • Parents listen to your children to help them deal with their fears. Don’t assume that you already know why they are afraid. Don’t dismiss their fear because it is not rational. It is real to them. Speak kindly and comforting to them. Move them from the subject of their fear to finding peace that only God gives. His is bigger and more mighty than any problem that they will ever face, Greater is Jesus in us than the enemy that is in the world.
  • Husbands and wives have the greatest potential on earth to build one another up with their words toward one another. Having someone in your corner cheering you on is deep calling to deep. There are all kinds of fears that attack each partner constantly. Fear of failure, fear of not being good enough for the other, financial fears, fears of not having enduring love for one another, fear of rejection, fear for your children’s future, fear of making mistakes parenting kids, fear of being insignificant. Be the best cheerleader for your spouse. Your words and belief create a foundation that can weather the strongest of storms.
  • Friends and coworkers need words of life and encouragement. With their words, the godless destroy their friends, but knowledge will rescue the righteous. Proverbs 11:9. Speculations and idle reasoning seems appropriate to satisfy our desire for knowledge. We feel cheated if we can’t figure out what is going on to us and around us. Constant conversations about “what if’s” continually stirs the pot of worry and strife. Engaging in worrisome conversations has no ending that leads to peace.
    • Three choices when faced with worrisome conversations
      • Don’t engage in the chatter. You don’t have to be rude or smug. Learn to be silent and listen. Your opinion about the matter rarely ends the conversation. 
      • Change the subject matter. Be honest and let others know that you would rather not continue to engage in that subject. Give a person an opportunity to talk about themselves in another aspect. Most are willing to share their ideas about themselves.
      • Ask for permission and then pray for peace. Prayer not only changes the subject, but redirects our focus to God who cares about our every need. It also points an exposing light on fear and worry. Most conversations will end when prayer is invoked. This is not a flippant activity. Truly use prayer to open your heart and concerns to God.

Words have the power of life and death. Use your life giving words to encourage the fainthearted and fearful. Be a voice of hope. May God’s words be ever on your lips, heart and mind. His words are life. His “Thou art with Me” brings comfort again and again. May God be on ya and in ya.

Blessings Love y’all