Our scripture this morning is Deuteronomy 31:6.

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.

This verse is spoken by Moses as he hands over leadership of Israel to Joshua as they enter the Promised Land. It is spoken later to Joshua by the Lord Himself (Joshua 1:9). Whenever God’s people face adversity, He is there. Scripture is full of God’s promise to be with us and that we should not fear.

Fear came into the world as part of the fall, knowing we had disobeyed God, yet He is gracious to us even in our sin. We are reminded of His constant presence and that He will defend those who have faith and courage to do His will. In Isaiah 41:10 He comforts Israel during the Exile, telling them not to be afraid.

One of the best known examples comes from Jesus as He prepares the disciples for His death and resurrection in John 14:27:“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” The Father and the Son have promised us this, and the Holy Spirit is with us always as a reminder of this blessing. 

Loving Lord, we are grateful for the assurance of Your protection. Help us to be strong and courageous for Your name’s sake and go to share the Gospel everywhere. Amen.

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