This huge bush is in our back yard. It's tall and wide. Over twice as tall as my 8 year old son. And it strikes terror in him. He won't go near it. Why? Because I killed a big snake in it a couple of years ago. My boy refuses to get close to it because he is scared more snakes are in it.
What scares you?
Maybe it's not a big bush. But it could be that huge stack of bills, or that bad set of test results from the doctor, or that crumbling marriage.
I'll ask again: What scares you?
When you are afraid, remember this: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." This is Joshua 1:9.
That verse has two commands: Be strong. Be courageous.
Next it forbids two things: Being afraid. Being discouraged.
Finally it has one promise: God will always be with you and me.
Here's the point: Regardless of what scares you, remember that God is with you, stand strong, and live courageously.
No bill, medical report, relationship problem, or snake-filled bush is too much for God to handle. And, this all-powerful God lives in your heart if you trust in Jesus. So that means you can boldly do your thing and live your life.
Don't hold back with fear; instead, charge forward with courage!