Daily Devotional: Friday, August 26 - Be Fearless

“But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” — Isaiah 43:1

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In the Netflix documentary “The Playbook,” Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ tennis coach, opened up about his rules for coaching and for life. One of his rules was never be afraid to get fired. Mouratoglou remained confident in every coaching decision he made and never feared a player or the risk of being fired.

Coaches in all sports have to make tough or controversial decisions. Some may end up good, some may end up bad. However, coaches have to make those decisions fearlessly and trust themselves in doing so. Otherwise, they likely won’t be coaching for long.

As Christians living in this dark world, we too must live without fear. Isaiah 43 is a reminder that God has called each of us by name and we are His. There is nothing to fear when we fully trust in God and know He is with us every day — through everything and every decision we face.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” — Deuteronomy 31:6

The Lord never leaves us and calls us to never be afraid. God is the same God yesterday, today and forever. We can live in peace and live without fear when we know who He is.

— Madison Thacker

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