Do you struggle with fear in your parenting, your homeschooling, and in life? I sure do. I fear that our family will come down with this nasty stomach virus that’s going around, or worse, some horrid disease. I fear the direction our country is going and that homeschooling won’t stay legal. I fear that my kids will grow up hating certain subjects because I’ve taught them wrong or used the wrong curriculum. I fear that I’m not being a good example of how to deal with stress or other issues in life.
But God says not to fear. Are we not to fear because those fears are irrational and unfounded? The kids really won’t get sick, the country won’t fall apart, and they won’t hate math or learn bad habits from me?
No, that’s not it. Some fears are irrational and unfounded, but many are completely legitimate concerns.
“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
We are told not to fear because God goes with us. If everything that we fear comes to pass, God will still be with us. He promises to strengthen and help us and to uphold us through whatever comes our way.
“I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
He also promised to deliver us from our fears. He’s never promised to give us a problem free life. He may protect us from certain things, but life is still hard and things don’t always go the way we want. It should bring us peace to know that whatever happens, our loving Heavenly Father walks through it all with us.