“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. 4 You know the way to where I am going.” 5 “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14)
Jesus tells us not to be troubled. He gives us permission not to be troubled.
““Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers.” (Daniel 10:12)
Stop and listen to His voice. He hears us! The second half of the story in Daniel is that the angel was delayed 21 days because of the enemy. Even though Daniel waited for 3 weeks to hear a response from God, the Lord heard him right away.
“But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus,[i] because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1)
Joseph was afraid and didn’t know what to do because his fiancee was pregnant, and not with his child. Things were not going as he’d planned in his life! But he heard the Lord’s word telling him not to be afraid. Why? Because Jesus was coming! In Luke 1, the Lord also tells Mary and Zechariah not to be afraid.
“17 In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4)
Fear is a thief. It will steal your joy, your health, your purpose.If you’re gripped in fear, God’s will cannot be fully realized in your life. God does not operate in our strength; He operates in His strength.