Fear Not

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Sweet words of comfort for the tempest-tossed and storm-driven ones among the children of men.
The words "Fear not" in the Bible are spoken for the cheer and encouragement of saints in times of special alarm and dread. Take the "Peace, be still" of the Son of God, to quiet the angry billows on the waves of Galilee, so the "Fear not" is uttered to calm the unquiet heart with its direful dread of impending woe.
These verses to which we have turned form one of the sweetest utterances of our Savior-God to awaken restfulness of spirit amid the storm and stress of events.
He has redeemed us. He has called us. He has made us His own. Will He fail us in the hour of calamity?
The waters may have to be passed, but He will be with us then. As with Israel at the Red Sea, He will guide and guard His own.
The rivers may have to be crossed, but like His people going over Jordan when it overflowed its banks, He will make the path, so that dry-shod we may gain the further shore.
Through the fire, if needs be, we may have to walk, as the three youths in Babylon, but He who gave them His presence and His succor will be with us and glorify the furnace by His company, and cause that "the smell of fire" shall not pass on us.
"Fear not"! We hear Him say, "I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death [death and of hades]." He has been into death and come forth victorious. To us He says, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.... Lo, I am with you alway [all the days], even unto the end of the world [age]. Amen." Matt. 28:18, 2018And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
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Let us not fear aught that is, or aught that may be. HE is, and will be, with us, come what may. "A horror of great darkness" may press upon our spirit at times and all be dark and difficult before us, but He whispers, "Certainly I will be with thee." Ex. 3:1212And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. (Exodus 3:12).
"When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress."