“God’s strength in your weakness is His Presence in your life.”
It’s easier doing things you fear together with others rather than going it alone. Before I set forth on facing the fear of completing the daunting book revisions a few friends sat down with John and me. They asked questions, set dead line goals, and put accountability structures and rewards in place. As I began the process, they frequently checked in to see how it was going. They encouraged me with their words, they prayed for me, and they celebrated with me when I met my goals. Through it all, I knew I was not alone in this endeavor; they were in the ring with me, helping me fight my battle.
Jacob in Genesis 32 left his uncle Laban in not the greatest terms and headed to meet his brother Esau. In obedience to God, Jacob left one fearful situation to face another, but like me, he didn’t have to do it alone. “Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him” (Genesis 32:1). Jacob obeyed God to return to his angry brother, even though he feared for his life and for the lives of his wives and children. But because of God’s kindness, Jacob didn’t have to confront his fear alone. God sent His helpful companions to come alongside of him, giving him encouragement.
God loves to fulfill His promises to His children-those in the Bible and to you. When Jacob was fleeing his irate brother, God infused him with courage when He said, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Genesis 28:15). As Jacob began his adventure, he wasn’t alone, God was with him.
I have no idea what fearful situation you may be facing today. I do know, though, you’re not having to go at it alone. God is with you. I leave you with the words of encouragement Moses spoke to his successor Joshua. Say them aloud, meditate on them, and pray them till you believe them. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Go and face your fear, knowing you are not alone!
“Take courage. We walk in the wilderness today and in the Promised Land tomorrow.”
Describe a time when God provided friends or Himself, to come alongside of you when you faced a fear so you didn’t have to go it alone.
Explain a current situation you need to be encouraged by God’s words: “I am with you.”