A young child will often hesitate on the edge of a swimming pool before jumping into her parents arms. But the promises of the parent (“I’ll catch you”) often raise the child’s level of boldness to the point when they finally jump. God’s promises function similarly in our lives. They enable us to overcome our fears so that we can serve Christ boldly.
Genesis 46:1-4 So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 3 Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. 4 I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”
1. Reach out to God using all appropriate means (v.1)
2. When God calls, say “Here I am” (v.2)
3. Overcome fear by resting in the promises of God (vv.3-4)