17. Helping Others Through Fear


Genesis 35:17 NKJV Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, “Do not fear; you will have this son also.”

Never underestimate the power and influence that your words have on others. Jacob’s wife Rachel was having an extremely difficult labor. We don’t know the extent of the complications, but they were extreme enough that they ultimately took her life. Rachel undoubtedly began to fear for her own life, but even more so for the life of her unborn child.

This would be the birth of her second son. For 17 years she had been longing to conceive and give birth and have another boy. Rachel & Jacob had their first son Joseph seven years after they married. Jacob already had six sons from Leah and another four sons from their maid servants. Rachel longed to have another boy for Jacob and boldly proclaimed the Lord would give her another son (Genesis 30:24). Seventeen years later she gave birth to Benjamin and feared her own death, her greatest fear was her baby would die. Then her midwife said, “Do no fear; you will have this son also.” Oh how that sweet voice of confidence must have encouraged Rachel in that moment.

When we speak faith-filled words to people in the midst of their terrifying situations, especially to those who know the promises and faithfulness of God, our words of faith act as a stabilizing force. They arrest their fearful thoughts and redirect them to God’s unchanging Word. In the fast paced and unsteady world we live in today, we have ample opportunities to encourage one another by speaking faith-filled words when others begin to fear. The next time someone is anxious about an upcoming bill or is in fear over a doctor report, tell them, “Don’t be afraid.” Then remind them of their prayer or a promise from God’s Word. Don’t let fear have its way in the lives of people you know. Tell them they don’t have to fear.

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