Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD. Jer. 1:8
Many people suffer from emotional disturbances known as phobias. Fear causes people to make wrong decisions. It fills people’s lives with horrors that haunt them at every step. Even people with a great deal of self-confidence feel a little nervous when they have to speak in front of a big crowd.
Jeremiah was hesitant in delivering God’s message and he had good reason to fear. His message made him unpopular among the people and he was even accused of being unpatriotic. It demands courage to be an obedient child of God. The people one has to approach are usually angry (and guilty) about being confronted with God and they often attack the messenger.
Godly truth often brings the convictions of its hearers into question. It frequently reveals the shallowness of their culture. It might even threaten the vested interests of some of the people at whom it is directed. God’s Word can sometimes be a Word of judgment, and no one enjoys being judged.
Today God is saying to you, “Don’t be afraid of them.” See, when you stand up for the truth and righteousness of God, you have a very high calling. It is a good thing to admit that you feel afraid. But just continue to hope in God and ask for His guidance and the courage to speak the right words. Always remember: when you are on God’s side He is on yours.
John Weatherspoon said: It is only our faith in God that is able to deliver us from the fear of other people.