“God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Tim. 1:7); “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isa. 41:10)
Heavenly Father, another week, and dozens of opportunities to trust you with “stuff” we’d (I’d) rather control. Thank you for these two “Scripture-gems,” mined by two of your sons, Paul and Isaiah. Both become “practitioners” of trusting you, not just theologians of trust.
The relationship between fear and control has never been clearer to me. I get anxious with “unnecessary” surprises, unresolved conflicts, unpredictable people, and unknown outcomes. Welcome to life, right?
Father, thank you for the promises and provisions “housed” in these two verses. My spirit of fear doesn’t come from you. It comes from being human, and acting like a spiritual orphan without a Father. What does come from you is power to trust you, love sufficient for the situation, and self-control—not other-person-control (2 Tim. 1:7) Thank you.
And thank you for the 5 grace-realities you promise us in Isaiah 41:10—all which come to us through the Gospel. You are with us, (so who can be against us? Rom. 8:31). You are our God, (not our disappointed coach). You give us strength, (not rolled eyes and shame). You help us, (you don’t “pull for us” from afar). You uphold us (embrace, steady, and sustain us). Thank you, Father. Thank for the gift of Jesus, and therefore everything else we really need (Rom. 8:32). So Very Amen.