"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).
Fear has the power to wrap itself around you in such a way that doesn't even seem noticeable until you find your self trapped within its grip. It squeezes slowly until the look in your eyes knows that there is no way out. Panic sets in and you begin to fight in an erratic manner that only seems to strengthen the hold. There's now way out.
God spoke the words of Isaiah 41:10 to a people who had found themselves in the same hold of the same python of fear. They had given into their fears and their erratic behavior had led them into exile, away from the promised land God had miraculously provided.
But now, here, He speaks to them words of truth and power that have the potential of greater influence in both their present and their future. "So do not fear, for I am with you." Fear has no power in the presence of God. God is love and perfect love drives out all fear, just as flipping the light switch sees the power of light instantly driving out the influence of darkness.
"I am your God." When you know who He is and where He is, you will find what He has for you. He is right where you are. He is your God, and He has all power, strength, and courage for where you are and for what you now face. He holds you in the palm of the strongest hand one could ever imagine. The same hand that holds the world in perfect orbit is holding you.
Don't give into the panic of the python. Fear is real, but the reality of God is more than real. Look to Jesus. Keep your eyes focused on who He is, where He is, and what you have in Him. When you are confident in who you are in Him, the power of the python is broken. Fear cannot withstand the power one has when they know the authority they have in having the mind of Christ! No fear.