‘Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you.’ Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
The story’s told about a little boy who was afraid of the dark. One night his mother asked him to go out on the back porch and get the mop, but he didn’t want to go because he was afraid. She said, ‘Haven’t I always told you there’s nothing to be afraid of in the darkness?’
He said, ‘Yes, Mum, but please don’t make me go out and get that mop.’
She replied, ‘Son, don’t you know that Jesus is always with you? Don’t you know that you are never alone? Don’t you know that you have nothing to be afraid of?’
He replied, ‘Yes, Mum.’
So she said, ‘All right, go out and get the mop.’
He opened the back door just enough to stick his hand out, and whimpered, ‘Jesus, would You please hand me that mop?’
When you attempt something you’ve never done before, it’s normal to feel afraid. When you’re asked to do a job for which you feel unqualified, it’s normal to feel afraid. When you attempt something you’ve failed at previously, it’s normal to feel afraid. But it’s in doing the thing you fear to do that you grow, and your confidence in God grows. Today God is saying to you: ‘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.’ God stays with you wherever you go. That should motivate you to go anywhere He tells you to go. The truth is that when God says go, He’s not sending you somewhere, He’s taking you somewhere.
SoulFood: 2 Chr 7:12–16, Matt 6:5–15, Luke 18:1–8
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019
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