How to Respond to Fear [Isaiah 41:13 Daily Devotional]
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”
God is speaking through the Prophet Isaiah in this verse. It’s an encouragement from the Lord, but he’s also telling us how to respond to fear. The tone of the verse is parental like God is going to lead us and take care of us. Because of that, we don’t need to be afraid.
This verse teaches us how to respond to fear. The proper response is reliance on God. This says when we’re afraid, he takes our hand and leads us. Similar to how a parent would hold the hand of a child who is too scared to move forward. In the same way, we don’t get to avoid what has us afraid, we still have to walk through it. However, we have the Lord with us, guiding us and protecting us.
Relying on God is how we should respond to fear, but how do we rely on God? It’s through prayer, listening, and obedience.
- Prayer. Everything should start with prayer. Simply talk to God when you’re afraid. Sometimes saying these things out loud will give you enough courage to move forward.
- Listening. Take time to sit and listen to what the Lord has to say. If you’re like me, you typically like to talk to God but don’t make a lot of time to actually listen to what he has to say. When you’re feeling afraid or anxious, it could mean that it’s time to listen.
- Obedience. Generally speaking, most people don’t like this part. We think we desire freedom without boundaries. Sometimes, though, when we’re afraid or anxious, we need to do what God has told us. We figure this out through prayer and listening mentioned above. Again, if you’re like me, you might already know what your next step is, and you just need to take that obedient step of faith.
Lord, I thank you that you take my hand when things get hard. When I’m afraid, you speak to me, comfort me, and promise to lead me through it. Give me the strength to pray, listen, and be obedient to you at all times. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.