Contemporary English Version (CEV)
I don't know if you've ever seen the movie Glory, but there's an amazing scene towards the end. The soldiers are standing on the beach preparing to attack a hardened fort, and there is a recognition that the mission will surely be the last moments for many of them. There is no denying the risk -- it is staring them in the face. To go first is the most risky place of all.
In our lives of faith, Jesus leads. He doesn't ask us to do anything he has not already done himself. Whatever fear we may face, he has trod that path, and he knows the things that lurk in the depths of our hearts in our most uncertain moments. Where we go, he has already been, and he has assured us that there is no fear we face, no valley so deep, that we will not overcome it through his power and grace. His love is enough for us, even in the face of death, the biggest fear that lurks for us, and we shall overcome and emerge triumphant into the light of day on the other side of fear.
One day, there shall be no more fear or uncertainty. Until that day, trust that God has already been wherever we might go, and he does not send us to face such fears on our own, but walks with us on the path.