Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. NIV
This citation jumped off the page in my concordance as I was searching the fear list this morning.
How often do we worry about things that we have done that we wish we hadn’t? How much do we fear losing face or being humiliated? I think that these are common worries, even for those who don’t struggle with worry.
But, this verse says to abandon those worries. Instead, we should repent of our transgressions and trust God to forgive us. We then must forgive ourselves and hold our heads high as children of the living God.
This verse is at the end of a broader passage, and it is one that my Bible Study group has looked at closely. The passage says that even those without children will have more children than they can count in the kingdom of heaven.
There is so much wisdom in the book of Isaiah. We shouldn’t waste our time being consumed by earthly worries. Instead, we need to trust God, get out and engage with others and work to make a difference in their lives.