Do not be afraid!
do not be dismayed--for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand!"
God has arranged all our concerns with consummate wisdom, in the very best possible manner.
He overrules all events by His omnipotent power.
He directs all things by His paternal love.
If infinite wisdom, omnipotent power, and paternal love, are engaged for our present and eternal welfare--then our fears must be groundless, and ouranxiety folly. Our fears only . . .
distress the mind,
and grieve the godly.
(James Smith, "The Believer's Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble" 1842)