Are you facing something today that is scary new?
Maybe it’s a great step forward, something you’ve dreamed about and looked forward to but it’s still all new territory. Some days you think God picked the wrong girl and you feel fear trying to hold you back.
Or maybe it’s a step you never wanted. You didn’t see this one coming and it’s rife with unexpected unknowns and unwanted change. Fear is real because you can’t see how to navigate this and what in the world lies beyond it.
Maybe you’re parenting at a whole new stage and begging God for wisdom in this season. Just when you thought you had your footing and a steady rhythm, you’re a student all over again. Fear is taunting that you don’t have what it takes to do this and you’re gonna fail you *and* your kids.
I’ve been all three of these places and I’ll tell you what won’t work: trying to dig deep and muster up the guts to do the hard thing.
Summoning up every bit of our inner strength may move us forward but will still leave us short. Because some things are too hard for us.
We can have a call that is too big, an unwanted season that is too painful or a step forward that is too uncharted. Each of those can trigger real fear because we see our inadequacy so clearly when we’re faced with something new.
But nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to face our fear by tapping into our own inner strength.
God’s one answer when we fear new situations is always this — I will be with you.
When Moses protested that he wasn’t qualified to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, God said, “I will be with you.”
When Gideon argued he was the weakest in his family from the weakest clan of one of the weakest tribes God answered, “I will be with you.”
When Joshua was made leader to take a stiff-necked people into the Promised Land and fight for it, God said, “the Lord your God will be with you.”
When Isaiah prophesied he affirmed that when God’s people meet calamity, God says, “I will be with you.”
When the Hebrews were about to cross the Jordan into the Promised Land, they were reminded the “LORD your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.”
When Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce she would be with child, he first told her that “The Lord is with you.”
When Jesus was about to ascend back to heaven, His last words to His followers were, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Each time we face a new situation, God is with us.
God never calls us to step out in trust that He doesn’t go with us. We never face a painful circumstance that God does not walk with us in it. And we never face the daunting needs of parenting or marriage or ministry or work that God is not in it with us.
We can face our fear of the new and move forward because —
God who holds our future and our purpose is with us.
God who is wisdom and who gives wisdom is with us.
God who sustains with grace sufficient is with us.
God who loves us incredibly and infinitely is with us.
God who knows us and our call completely is with us.
New situations can trigger such self-doubt and fear. But God’s answer every time we fear new situations is Himself. The Ancient of Days has been in our new since before time began. And He who is on our side will walk with us in it.
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