Today’s Scripture: For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:13

In “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown went to Lucy’s booth for psychiatric help to find out why Christmas didn’t make him happy. Lucy then went through a list of fears – hypengyophobia, ailurophasia, climachaphobia, thalassophobia, and gephyrobia, to find out what the problem was. (Those are the fears of responsibility, cats, staircases, the ocean, and crossing bridges for those of you who cared.)

Lucy: Or maybe you have pantophobia. Do you think you have pantophobia?
Charlie: What’s pantophobia?
Lucy: The fear of everything.
Charlie: That’s it!

A lot of people are like Charlie Brown; they go through life with no enjoyment and instead, struggle with fear. They worry about the stock market. They worry about their job. They worry about politics. They worry about their kids. They worry about just about everything.

Life definitely has its ups and downs. Things don’t always go the way we want them to go, but we have a God who rules over this world. When we face difficult circumstances, we have someone we can turn to who can help us.

We are told not to fear because “I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee.” (verse 10) God has promised to help us and to hold our hand. He uses the words “hold thy right hand” to show that He is with us. It gives us comfort that He is not just close by, but actually within our grasp. It shows He cares, and it shows that He will protect us. Also, verse 13 again tells us we don’t need to fear because He will help us.

We need to remember that God is there for us no matter what the difficulty. Are you or a loved one going through a tough financial situation? Are you dealing with poor health? Did you just lose your job? When you reach the end of what you can do, don’t fear – turn to God! He has the answer and will hold you up and help you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder