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Abram had just returned from a great   you. Your way is not hid from Him as Jacob
        victory (Gen 14), the world’s first “world   complained (Isa 40:27). God allows you to
        war,” and had been confronted by the king   be vulnerable as you live in a big and bad
        of Sodom. He had ceded all the spoils of   world, so that you can learn to trust Him.
        war to the ungodly man, content with the   His omniscience and omnipotence have
        souls he had rescued. In effect, he was re-  not waned with the passing millennia (Isa
        fusing an alliance with the king, turning his   40:26). The God Who knows and names
        back on Sodom. Here he was a pilgrim with   the stars also counts the hairs on your
        318 servant-soldiers, alone in a big and evil   head and He knows all about your trials
        world. No doubt he felt vulnerable. This is   and tears.
        the first thing we need to note about fear:   …who cares
        it is the result of feeling at risk, vulnerable,
        before forces that can overwhelm. Coupled   It would be of little consolation to have a
        with this is a sense of things being beyond   God Who is aware, if that God did not also
        our control. The world in which Abram   care about us. The wonderful truth is that
        moved, and in which we move, is an evil   He is aware of every sparrow falling to the
        world. Well might Abram have concerns   ground. He is fully aware and cares for you
        about the loss of possessions, the future,   (1Peter 5:7). His message to questioning
        and even life itself. He could not control the   Jacob is that “He gathers the lambs in His
        response of the king of Sodom, a response   arms and carries them in His bosom” (Isa
        which could have dire consequences for   40:11). He still cares for each of His with
        Abram and his family, finances, and future.  individual, undivided attention. None of
          These are only some of the issues   us is able to give undivided attention to
        involved  in  fear.  We  can  fear  the  loss   two people at the same time. But we are
        of approval, the sneer of the world, the   dealing with a God Who is infinite in His
        scorn of the skeptic, and the laugh of the   person and resources.
        mocker. We can, like Peter, quake before a  …who bears
        little maid when we begin to consider the   In that wonderful section of comfort
        response and disapproval of others (Mark   to the nation of Israel (Isa 40-66), God
        14:66-70).                           contrasts Himself with the idols that men

        The Resources                        make and have to carry with them. He is
                                             the Maker and He is the One Who will
          In God’s short but eloquent reassurance   bear His children (Isa 46:4) through trial
        to Abram, we find the antidotes to fear.   and testing, through wilderness journeys
        Whatever the cause of my fear, if I am able   and a wicked world.
        to appreciate these basic truths, I can find   The Psalmist became aware, as he trod
        rest and confidence in God. Notice that   the valley of that shadow, that as God drew
        God reveals Himself to Abram as “Thy   near, he could “fear no evil” (Psa 23:4).
        shield.” The first truth to grasp is that we   God’s presence and fellowship with him
        have a God
                                             through the valley drove away fear.
        … who is aware                         We can live in a fearful and evil world
          He knows what you are passing through.   because of a God Who knows our fears,
        He fully understands your vulnerability   Who shows His love and care, and Who
        and the evil in the hearts of men all around   bestows grace for every situation.

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