During this time of transition and unknowns I am trying to rest in the knowledge that God goes before me and He is with me wherever I go. I am looking to scripture as a reminder to be strong and courageous. I am memorizing and repeating to myself the much-needed comfort of God’s Word when I start to feel scared and anxious about the unknown – which happens more often than I’d like.
Sometimes God brings a specific verse or phrase to mind that I then type into Biblehub.com to dig into more deeply. Sometimes I do a Google search to get started by typing in something like “Bible verses about God going before me” or “Bible verses about overcoming fear.” After a Google search I move on to my NIV Study Bible and the accompanying notes or Biblehub.com. The website provides the same verse in several different translations, corresponding verses and commentary from several different sources.
Whatever is causing fear or anxiety to creep into your life right now – God and his Word can give you comfort. Whatever leaves you awake and worried in the middle of the night – God and prayer can be a balm to your soul. Whatever seems too big or too scary in your life – can look smaller when you keep your focus on God instead of the obstacle or problem in front of you.
Here are some of the verses I am repeating, writing and keeping in front of me right now. For the reminder that God is with me: JOSHUA 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. DEUTERONOMY 31:6 - 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.
When I am feeling anxious, I dwell on: PROVERBS 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And when I need a reminder that God hears me: PSALM 138:3 - When I called you answered me; you made me bold and stout-hearted (NIV). Or as the ESV says – On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
Precious Father – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). May I remember that worry and fear are weapons that the enemy uses to bind me up and make my life and my witness less effective. May I fight them with your mighty Word and Your powerful presence Lord. Amen.