Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4
Living with fear, especially in our day and age – these days of brazen and barbaric wickedness – can seem like a normal way to live.
I lived much of my life with fear. In fact, I was one of the most fearful people I know…until I was delivered of it. Fear is a form of bondage. It causes anxiety, stress on the body and affects all aspects of our lives. We are clothed in it and everything we do is borne out of it. In short, it’s a terrible way to live.
…he will come to save you.
And Jesus did. He came to save us and set us free from the oppression of it. I know this to be true because it’s part of my story. One of my earliest memories is one of fear. And even when I accepted Christ as my savior, at the age of 26, I wasn’t immediately released from it. God had some serious work to do in my spirit and my freedom wouldn’t come until years later.
I urge you to read all of Chapter 35 in the book of Isaiah. It’s titled Joy of the Redeemed and speaks of Jesus well before he ever walked the earth as a human. Isaiah gave God’s people a hint of what was to come and this picture always makes me think of him.
It says our savior will:
give sight to the blind. And Jesus did.
unstop the ears of the deaf. And Jesus did.
cause the lame to leap like a dear. And Jesus did.
cause water to gush forth in the wilderness. And Jesus did.
cause the burning sand to become a pool and the thirsty ground bubbling springs. And Jesus did.
It speaks of new growth and a new road, a highway – a way in which the righteous walk. And Jesus was.
Jesus is The Way.
Those who walk in this way have no fear, because His perfect love casts it out.
What about you? Do you walk in this way? Have you accepted Him as your savior? If so, fear not!
And if you don’t know Him as your savior yet, I urge you to choose life now. Your reward will be great. Your reward is Jesus himself and a new life. All you have to do is ask him to be the savior and Lord of your life. And he will because he loves you.
Isn’t that amazing?! It is! He loves you. He wants you and he wants to give you this new life and Way of life.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6