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Friday, June 30, 2017

Worth the Risk

So do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Are you ever consumed by fear? Struggling with little hope? This verse in Isaiah promises you that even though you may feel afraid and deserted, you aren’t. You can’t trust your feelings. They will often betray you. But you can trust what God says in His Word. He won’t betray you. His truth is unchanging. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever.

You may feel afraid. “Don’t be afraid,” God declares, “because I am your God. I haven’t given you this feeling of fear. I’ve given you my power and love so you can have a sound mind.” You may feel evil battering you. “Nothing that rises to defeat you will prevail!” God says something that will cost you, but if you pay the price, you will discover greater faith. “Trust me—and don’t be afraid. If you feel weak, don’t give in to it! Move forward, and faith will meet you. You will discover my strength to carry you.”

Faith asks you to take a risk. It asks you to trust in something beyond your own understanding. It will cost you to trust in what you can’t see or feel. It will cost you to trust in God’s truth over fearful feelings. Faith is a decision. When faith is chosen over and over again—and you have continually acted upon it—feelings will fall in line with God’s truth. You will have trained your mind, your heart, and your very being to believe in God’s Word over what human emotion dictates. It is a battle to be won, and you can win it with your decision to trust Him and step out in faith. God promises to uphold and strengthen you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5–6 NLT)

Never allow fear to keep you from stepping out in faith. With one step forward, you will discover His strength. Give God a sacrifice of praise. Praise Him for the promise that His truth is greater than how you feel. “Trust me,” He says. “Don’t worry because I am your God. I will strengthen you and uphold you. You’re never alone.”

If you move forward in faith and persevere to do His will, you will receive what He has promised. Don’t just think about what might happen if you walk in faith. Allow Him to show you He is worth the risk.

©2017 Lynn Lacher

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