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Fear Not; I Will Help Thee.

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. ~Isaiah 41:13

Sometimes I feel as if I'm standing on the edge of a valley, gazing down from a place of safety to an amphitheatre of dangers, threats, possible disasters, and monsters of uncertainty rearing ugly heads. My path leads right through the worst of them, and though every wise voice says nothing worthwhile is easy, there's a huge part of me that is always, always tempted to just stay where it's safe, and never move forward.

That isn't really an option, though—in the writing journey, the publishing process, or in the Christian life. Especially in the Christian life. Nowhere are we ever promised that things will be easy, so I'm not sure why we seem to expect something simpler or smoother than the twisted, potted paths before us. No, God never guaranteed a trouble-free road to those who follow Him.

What He did promise, however, is to walk that road beside us, holding our hands over treacherous terrain, and speaking courage to our hearts. Fear not; I will help thee.

Fear not. That's not a suggestion. It's a command. The God of the Universe, the Alpha and Omega, the one who sees the final chapter of the world itself, sees our tiny troubles in His true perspective and He says, "Don't worry."

I will help thee. That's not a casual comment. It's a promise. The same God who has made good on every vow since the dawn of time, who is incapable of speaking anything but truth, gives His word not only to be with us in the valley, but to strengthen us out of the reservoir of His infinite power.

Fear not; I will help thee. "Don't worry. I've got you." Because of these words, we can march into the valley and hold our heads high all the way.

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