Fear Not

Fear NotIsaiah 43:1-5aDecember 7, 2020

FEAR has been defined as a distressing emotion brought about by many different factors such as anger, danger, evil, pain and the list goes on. FEAR has been describe as an overwhelming sensation that robs a person of their ability to think, speak, and sometimes even move. FEAR has been developed as means to keep people under control. What is certain about FEAR is that it does exists and effects the manner to which we live and function on a daily basis. In our world of unrest and in the midst of this global pandemic called COVID-19, there is plenty of fear to go around. However, for me the greatest of all fear has to be when someone is unsure of their eternal destiny.

Scripture: Read Isaiah 43:1-5a

In this passage, the prophet of God wrote as if it were God speaking to His people and indeed He was. God calls upon His people to FEAR NOT and provides them with three assurances. The first assurance is found in...

HIS PROMISE - FEAR NOT, FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU (v. 1). Attached to this promise are a number of important truths. First, God reminds us that we are His creation (genesis 1:1) and that He formed us. The psalmist wrote "You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works" (Psalm 139:13-14). To understand that the God of all creation not only spoke all things into creation, but that He formed us, mankind in His own image is an amazing and comforting truth. Secondly, we are reminded that He calls us, "I have called you..." In Ephesians 1:4 the apostle Paul reminds us that "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world..." What makes the truth even more astounding is the intimacy of this calling; "I have called you by your name; you are mine" (italics mine).  In Jesus' discourse on the True Shepherd in John chapter ten, we are reminded of this wonderful promise. "10 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own...27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." Thirdly, this promise includes His protection. "When you pass through the waters...And through the rivers...walk through the fire, you shall not be burned..." (v. 2, italics mine). We are living in difficult times and the promise is not that they will disappear or that we will not have more problems in the future. The promise is that we will "pass through" them. Whether on this side of glory or with God in heaven; FEAR NOT FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU! The second assurance given in this passage is...

HIS PRESENCE - FEAR NOT, FOR I AM WITH YOU (v. 5a). This assurance is given twice; in verses 2, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you..." Also, in verse 5, which matches the title of this portion of this devotion; "Fear not, for I am with you." God is omnipresent in that He is everywhere throughout all time; however, HIS PRESENCE as given here is once again more personal. We find in Hebrews 13:5 a quote from Deuteronomy 31:8, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Listen to how Jesus concludes the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20; "and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." This is the assurance of God; HIS PRESENCE - FEAR NOT, FOR I AM WITH YOU! The third assurance here is...

HIS PATHWAY - FEAR NOT, FOR I LOVE YOU (v. 4).  This assurance is not as obvious as the first two; however, it is present for all Scriptures leads to Christ and Christ to the Cross. After all, it is Jesus who redeems us. In verse 4 this pathway is alluded to; "And I have loved you." Such is the greatness of God's love that He sent "His only begotten Son" (John 3:16). In Romans 5:8 Paul wrote; "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Furthermore, we need not fear for it is the perfect love of God that casts out fear. The apostle John reminds us of this in 1 John 4:18; "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…" It is this love that we are given when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. HIS PATHWAY leads to the Cross and Calvary and His plea is FEAR NOT, FOR I LOVE YOU.

"Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!"

In His service, for His glory

Pastor Michael

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