“No Fear In Love Perfected” (Joshua 1: 9, ESV) by Carley Evans

God commands us to be brave because He “is with [us] wherever [we] go.” We are commanded by Him not to “be dismayed,” not to “be frightened.” Instead, we are to “be strong and courageous.”

Jesus tells His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14: 1) He tells them, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14: 27)

David tells Solomon, his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28: 20)

Nebuechadnezzar asks Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, “And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” (Daniel 3: 15) They say they have no need to answer him, yet state that “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand.” (Daniel 3: 17) Of course, God does indeed deliver these three young men from Nebuechadnezzar, a man who comes to recognize that “there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” (Daniel 3: 29)

The author of 1 John writes, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loves us.” (1 John 4: 18 – 19)