“Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, FEAR NOT.” ~ Lamentations 3:57
FEAR NOT: Call God for Help
Our text is part of the lamentations (an expression of deep sorrow/grief) of Jeremiah regarding the devastatingly brutal destruction of Judah (especially Jerusalem) by Babylon. even though Jeremiah had prophesied these events, he was like everyone else caught up in fear.
However, in this verse Jeremiah shows us from his experience how to move from “fear” to “fear not”. Specifically, we learn that we must first call upon God, “Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee…”.
Then (and only then) will He draw near to us saying, “fear not”.
God’s promises of care and protection are for God’s children. And, if we want God’s assurance, we must call on Him, we must look to Him. This is a very important principle taught to us throughout Scripture; here are two other examples:
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” ~ Jeremiah 33:3
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” ~ Hebrews 11:6
One reason God allows trials in our lives is so that we will turn to Him. The entire, twenty-one chapter, Book of Judges relates how the Hebrews turned away from God; how God allowed them to experience trials through the oppression of rival kingdoms; and how the Hebrews turned back to God, calling to Him for help; and how God answered them, rescuing them from the grasp of their enemies. Without the trials, they forgot about God; and so would we.
In the depths of his suffering, Jeremiah could do nothing else but call upon God. And God answered him. God drew near to Jeremiah and reassured him, “fear not”.
In the depths of our trials, we must call on God too. God will answer us and God will comfort us.
In closing, we note that Jeremiah’s situation did not change: the Babylonian destruction continued despite Jeremiah’s call to God. God does not always take us out of our troubles when we call on Him. But He does give us the grace to endure. God does not always take us out of the fires and the floods of life, but He does promise to be with us to the end, “fear not”.
We live in a sinful, fallen world; therefore, we will never escape the effects of mankind’s sinfulness on our lives. But God will be with us, He will strengthen us, if we call on Him, “fear not”.
FEAR NOT, all who have called on THE LORD: He has drawn near to you: He is right by your side.
“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” ~ Psalm 18:3
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.” ~ Psalm 55:16
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” ~ Psalm 86:5
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” ~ Psalm 145:18
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.