Genesis 50:19-21 NKJV Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? (20) But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (21) Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Isaiah 40:1 NKJV “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God.
Genesis chapter 50 verse 21 says that Joseph comforted his brothers by speaking kind words to them. You see, not only does God desire that you and I would get to know His heart towards us and allow His kind Words to comfort us and work in us as we grow in knowledge of who He is and the integrity of His Word, not to mention that by His Spirit referred to as Comforter in Scripture (John 14:16 KJV) purging fear from our hearts so we can Fear Not, but He also desires that we would speak words of comfort to others and help them to Fear Not.
Just as Isaiah was encouraged to comfort God’s people as their captivity ended, we are commissioned to comfort people today. Many people are consumed with fear about the job market, the economy, terrorism, war, and all kinds of things. Kids are terrified of cyber bullies, guns in school, being pressured to take drugs and have sex, and pass math class on top of all that. But praise God, you can comfort their fears. You can share words with them by which they may be saved (Acts 11:13-14). You can speak words of truth to dispel their fears. You can speak kindly to people and ease the grip of fear in their lives.
What can I say? You can start by sharing the Gospel of Christ with them. Begin to share what the Father God has done for them and the awesome grace He has shown to us in Jesus and by His Spirit. You can share with them some of the Scriptures and messages from this blog that have been a blessing to you. You can take some time to pray with them and help them turn their focus from their fears to their Father. The next time you are around someone in fear, tell them of God’s goodness, His love for them, His promises to them, and tell them to, “Fear Not!”