The present crisis grips us with uncertainty. Some fear a loss of freedom. Others fear poverty and/or illness. All of us are waiting to see the outcome.
The unknown stimulates fear.
Because fear has such a foothold in our world, it is imperative—whether we live in peacetime or pandemic—to grow in our knowledge of God. In the word, God frequently tells His people, “Fear not, I am with you” or “Do not be afraid, I am your God.” If we do not know God (His unfailing love, His supreme power, or His great faithfulness), those words will have little influence on our hearts.
Fear is a natural reaction to danger. When God says, “Fear not,” He is not condemning us for feeling fear, He is reminding us that we should replace our fear with faith in Him. It is a reminder that He is truly greater than whatever we face. Why does the Lord tell Joshua, “do not be afraid” three different times in the first chapter? Joshua was preparing to lead a rather difficult group of people against the fortified Caananites. Battle was coming. Trouble was inevitable. Fear was natural. God called Joshua to choose faith over fear.
We are called by God to be strong (in Him), to walk by faith (not by sight), and to have courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to face danger in spite of it.
Do we have courage to stand firm in His promises?
Are we relying on His strength or our own?
Are we walking by faith or are we drowning in fear?
As you write (or read) through this month’s plan, take time to read the context, particularly in Deuteronomy, Joshua, 2 Kings, and 2 Chronicles. Even in Old Testament times, people of God were called to fix their hearts on the Lord, especially when faced with overwhelming odds.
May we, like David, pray:
“Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.”
Psalm 61.1-3, ESV (emphasis mine)
I hope you will join us this month as we meditate on God’s encouraging word!
To download a printable copy of this month’s plan, select either the half-sheet or full-sheet PDFs. The half-sheet prints two copies (one to keep and one to share!). You can also save the image at the top of this page to your phone for another quick reference.
Last month, a fellow Christian and scripture-writer volunteered to make pages for younger kids to trace or copy the verses. She is once again preparing these sheets for all of us to use with our littles! Thank you, Sara! To download, click the links below:
If you are new to scripture writing and need some tips, check out this post: How to Use Scripture Writing Plans