No Need to Fear

When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them: "I am now one hundred twenty years old. I am no longer able to get about, and the Lord has told me, 'You shall not cross over this Jordan.' The Lord your God himself will cross over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua also will cross over before you, as the Lord promised. The Lord will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. The Lord will give them over to you and you shall deal with them in full accord with the command that I have given to you. Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31: 1-6 (NRSV)

Eric Gamber works in Kansas, which is a long way from his home in south-central Pennsylvania. After spending a wonderful week at home over Christmas with family and friends, Eric couldn't sleep the night before he was to return to Kansas. He felt anxious about leaving his family and being alone again in Kansas, as well as what the flight back would be like. As he laid awake in bed worrying, Eric decided to take comfort in God's word by reading that day's devotional in The Upper Room. The quoted scripture was from Deuteronomy: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you." Those words spoke directly to Eric's soul. He felt better knowing that no matter what the plane ride or future held for him, God would always be with him.

Eric knows he will miss being with his wife and family when he is not physically with them. But he can take comfort in knowing that God is always with him, will never forsake him, and will give him the strength he needs to make it through until he can be home again.

Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for your promise always to be with us. In our times of anxiety, help us to reach out to you and receive your peace, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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