If you've read my blog or know much about me, it's no secret I have dealt with fear and discouragement. Truthfully speaking, who hasn't been disappointed with people in their lives or in certain outcomes. Or who hasn't had anxiety over the future, test results, unknowns in their lives and the list goes on.
The problem is not in the initial feeling (because we are, after all, sinful, imperfect humans) but in the way in which we choose to react to the onslaught of these emotions. I think it is times like these when it becomes imperative to be rooted in scripture. The Bible has a wealth of verses in which to speak truth and light into our lives. God's promises are not hidden. We need only to seek them out and etch them on our heart.
A dear friend e-mailed me the following verse (by happenstance) and it really spoke to my heart.
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD is the one who goes before you.
He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor forsake you.
Make no mistake. Life on this temporal earth will certainly be proliferated with disappointments, unknowns, failures and the like. But through it all, God is still there and He has gone before us. He does not fail and there are no mistakes in His plan for our lives.