I've been thinking about this verse a lot.
You see, I'm a bit of a control freak. I like things to go the way I think they should. The way I expect them too. And I get more than a little flustered when they don't. When I'm faced with something I don't feel I can control, I tend to get discouraged and doubt whether I am up to the challenge at all. As a matter of fact - when that happens it's entirely possible that I might even talk myself into just walking away from that particular mountain rather than risk failing to climb it.
This aspect of my personality makes trusting God and His Word - really leaning on Him and relying on Him - a bit of a challenge.
I was pondering all of this in the car the other day when this thought occurred to me:
When you find yourself thinking "I can't do this!"; God is right beside you whispering, "You're right - you can't. But I can."
So do not fear, for I am with you; 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. ~ Isaiah 41:10
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9