"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in despair of them, for the Lord your God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6.
I am in a Bible study at my church called Common Ground for women. We are presently using James Macdonald's study, "Always True," and this is the memorization verse for this week. I usually don't bother memorizing verses as I can't remember things anyway, but the leader taught us to use physical actions to help us remember, and it worked! I am pretty pleased with myself, as I even typed this without cheating!
I started this post with this verse as fear is the biggest stronghold I have in my life. As a child I was fearful of many things. Some normal, like death and bugs. But also some not so typical, like riding a bike or skating. Even my "normal" fears were extreme. I thought if I couldn't hear or see, I was dead. I screamed hysterically whenever I saw a bug. Just to let you know I no longer have these fears!
But I still have other fears. One is about my cat. I fear that I won't be able to make wise decisions when the time comes to do so. Another fear is about my writing. I fear I will suck at my efforts and no one outside my devoted family will read them.
But I will press on. Why? I have to in regards to my pet. He trusts in me to take care of him. I am responsible for him. I need to in regards to my writing. I need to use what God has given me to encourage and inspire others. I need my life to have meaning. I need to have what struggles I have gone through to have purpose.
So when I think of these things, I try to remember that God is with me. He sees me and hears me. I am not alone. He will never leave me or give up on me.
Why do I believe this? There are multiple reasons. But even if there weren't, what alternative is there? I can't do life alone. No one can. One might think one can. I used to. But now I know better.
"God’s perfect love takes away fear." I John 4:18