BE NOT DISMAYED

The ringing charge, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee" (Isa. 41:10), was followed with the direction, "Be not dismayed; for I am thy God." This pledge to them by their God of His help must have stirred the memory of these wavering children of Israel to recollect that the great I AM of Moses' time was still the God of His people, and that the great God of might and wisdom had countless times and in numerous ways proved His ever-presence and availability to rescue, guard, and preserve those who had been ready to be obedient.

Dismay is doubt. It distrusts good. It may lead to demoralization, for it is a concomitant of fear. That fear is mischievous and often involves one in trouble is indicated in Job's statement (3:25), "The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me." To have greatly feared, Job must have entertained fear and permitted it the right of way in his thought. If he had resisted fear, it could not have swayed him or conditioned his experience. Resisted temptation is powerless, nothing at all.

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