Dwelling in Fear?
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am
thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold
thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
In light of Isaiah 41:10, Israel did not need to fear God’s judgment upon them but rather to trust in their God. For the LORD is trustworthy and His promises to restore the nation of Israel once again are true.
“My righteous right hand” refers to what is just and right and a place of honor and authority. God’s hand is faithful, one can rely on it and know that there’s security in times of trouble. Living life in fear is a hard place to be. The feelings of fear are intense whether they are real or assumed to be true. Both types of fear will have an affect on a person’s emotional, physical, and/or spiritual well being.
Fear triggers the release of adrenaline in the body which propels us to action. We’re faced with making a choice to stand up and fight, freeze, or to run away. Though some fear is good and needed especially when a bear is loose in your neighborhood and you’re instructed to stay inside until the animal is caught. Or, like an old recording of past emotions playing in your mind and wreaking all kinds of havoc. That kind of fear captures the imagination caused by a lack of faith (Mark 4:40) and is not from God (II Timothy 1:7).
Psalm 56:3,11 says, "What time I
am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God have
I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me."
This is an awesome testimony that the psalmist gives revealing the power in trusting God. The way to overcome fear is to put your total and complete trust in Him, even in the most difficult situations. In the darkest time of his life, Job wrote, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him . . .” (Job 13:15).
Lord, I will trust in You.