January 8th – Deuteronomy 31:6

Deuteronomy 31:6

I love the quote by Max Lucado which says, “The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.” Even though fear is a part of life, not all fear is bad. For instance, there is the healthy fear that helps keep us from harm. And lets not forget the fear of the Lord which is the “beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7) But far too often the fear that fills us, keeps us stuck and under the thumb of the Enemy. Think of Joshua. Taking over leadership of Israel was quite a task. But Moses gave him some sage advice. “Be strong and courageous. The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:6,8) By applying these words to our own lives, we can break the grip of fear and its hold over our minds and hearts. If you are struggling, give it all to God. Open your heart to His love and your ears to His words as He says to you His precious child, “Fear not, for I am with you.” (Is. 41:10)