“But for me, it is good to be near God.” (Psalm 73:28a TLV).
At Sukkot, we celebrate not only God’s presence with the Israelites in the wilderness, but also his presence with us today as His Holy Spirit dwells in all who have professed faith in Messiah Yeshua.
When an unfamiliar noise outside the house disrupts the quiet of the night, having someone there with us can make a big difference in the degree of fear we experience. With another person beside us, we muster the fortitude to do things we couldn’t or wouldn’t do alone. Courage grows in the company of bravery. When the unafraid person is also strong, wise and protective, a fearful companion finds courage all the more.
Throughout the Holy Scriptures, God told His people, “Fear not, for I am with you.”* In the New Covenant, Yeshua (Jesus) assured His disciples, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
The God who shut the mouths of lions for Daniel (Daniel 6) and commissioned armies of angels to line the mountain as Elisha prepared Israel for battle (2 Kings 6:15-17) is with you – always.
In Psalm 56:3, the writer declares, “In the day when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”
The next time you face fear, remember God’s mighty and loving presence. Today, call out to Him for His protection and wisdom, place your trust in Him and take courage!
“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Surely I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’ (Isaiah 41:10 TLV).
* For example, see Genesis 26:24, Isaiah 41:10, 43:5, Jeremiah 1:8, 30:10-11, 42:11, 46:28, Haggai 2:4, Acts 18:9-10.