”And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: FEAR NOT, neither be dismayed.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8
FEAR NOT: The LORD goes Before Us, The LORD is With Us, The LORD will not Leave Us
In this verse we see three reasons to “FEAR NOT”, namely
- The LORD goes before us
- The LORD is with us
- THE LORD will not leave us
FEAR NOT, the Lord goes before us! If God goes ahead of us, it means the battle is already won. Who/What can stand before God? Who/What can resist God’s infinite power? When The LORD goes before us, He leaves a Trail of Triumph for us to walk in: as long as we follow Him, as long as we walk in the paths He has laid out, we cannot fail.
FEAR NOT, The Lord is with/beside us! As He promises in Isaiah 43:1-3, when we go through the fire He will be there. The battle is won, the victory is sure but we still have a fight to finish. And The LORD assures us that He will be right by our side: While we serve Him, we don’t go into any fight alone. When the doctor brings bad news, you are not alone, The LORD is right there. When your company announces cutbacks, and you lose your job… you are not alone. When you were attacked, violated… you were not alone. The world we live in is evil and decaying. And just like anyone else believer’s are ravaged by world-wrought-wickedness, but the difference is, BELIEVERS are NOT alone… God is right by our side: close, ready to give support to reach out and comfort, to reach out and strengthen. FEAR NOT, God is right by your side.
FEAR NOT, The LORD will never forsake us, He will never leave us alone! When the battle gets tough He will be there, He won’t flinch… because He has already won the victory for us. BUT, even more than that. We can’t “make” Him go. We often have the misguided notion that our sins/weaknesses will force God to abandon us. That is not true. Even when Peter denied Jesus, three times, The LORD never forsook Peter. instead, after the resurrection Jesus took the time to restore Peter: to encourage him and reassure Him (John 21:15-19). Just like Peter, we will make BIG mistakes, “whoppers”, BUT The LORD will never give up on us, He won’t forsake us. When we fall down, The LORD does not kick us. The LORD will not abandon the wounded believer on the battlefield of life. FEAR NOT, The LORD will never forsake you!
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.