The Fears of Life
Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. — Isaiah 41:10 (MSG)
The marvels of modern life have taken you further, made daily chores easier, brought convenience closer, and sparked imagination to greater heights than once thought possible. But technology can’t relieve your fears. It can’t hug you, console you, encourage you, or reassure you that everything will be all right. It can’t take My place, either. When you lay down at night, or get up early in the morning, you need someone to talk to, or simply to listen to your questions and fears.
It’s ironic—the more advanced the world grows, the more fragile life becomes. Ever worry about someone hacking your e-mail, stealing your medical information, commandeering your car, or breaking into your house because they discovered your keypad combination? Or terrorists taking down the plane you’ll be boarding next week? Not too long ago, that might have seemed far-fetched. Not now.
What fears run through your mind at night or when you catch the latest news clips on YouTube? Are you afraid it might all come crashing down? You’re probably not alone. But remember this: Throughout history, people have fought battles, faced what seemed like overwhelming fears, and wondered if they would survive. When you’re in the same boat, come tell Me about it. Like Isaiah 41:10 says, I promise to help and hold you steady.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- This passage relates a scene where Israel had just spent 40 years crossing the desert and now would face new enemies on the other side of the Jordan River. How does what the Israelites had to deal with sound like your concerns today?
Do you agree that it is possible to overcome fear? Why?