“The highway of the upright is to turn from evil; the one who guards his way safeguards his life.”
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
“You shall laugh at destruction and famine, And you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.”
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;”
“…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
In an uncertain world, it is amazing anyone of us feels safe. Just yesterday I heard of a friend who was making funnel cakes in a tent when all of a sudden a tree fell out of nowhere upon him and he was hospitalized. Crazy. It was not even raining outside. Evil villains slaughter innocent children and blame their radical so-called faith for their actions, people loot stores and threaten violence because of a perceived injustice; yes friends, fear is still a tool used by the enemy daily, seeking to rob us of security. Even if it is not crazed people terrorizing the general public, earthquakes, hurricanes, natural disasters and accidents happen daily. So what is a Christian to do? Be afraid? Maybe. Give in to fear? Never.
Fear of flying can keep you from venturing through the sky, fear of water can keep you from exploring the sea, fear of criminals can keep you in at night, fear of well almost anything can steal your joy and make you feel unsafe. But isn’t it so wonderful that as Christians we do not need to fear ANYTHING except for only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28). You may say, “bad things happen to Christians, too”. Yes, the rain falls on the good and the bad, but perfect love casts out fear.
What is this perfect love? Amazing grace to uphold you when the fire is hot and the waters are deep. Strength beyond what you ever thought you were capable of when you felt weak. The will to endure when trials are long and arduous. And more . . . much more. Until you have walked through the pain and sting of real fear and threats, one cannot contemplate how very real the presence of God is in those moments. His promise to be with us during those moments is the singular most significant difference we have when compared with unbelievers walking through the same trials.
My hope is that in this very difficult time with so much tumult throughout the world, that whoever reads this blog will find comfort in the midst. He is our refuge, our dwelling place, our strong tower. We are safe when we run to Him. Shadrach and his pals saw God’s amazing intervention and deliverance from the fire; Daniel did, too, in the lion’s Den. The Israelites saw God part the Red Sea then swallow up their enemies. God can do that for you, too. But even if He in His perfect sovereignty does not choose to deliver you FROM the fear or hardship, He very well might deliver you THROUGH it.
Fear not – rely on God and His mighty arm today! He is able to strengthen us and will accomplish His purposes all for His glory and our good. What an amazing God.
Lord, help us to trust in You and that You will not give us more than we can bear, but will grant us strength to bear through it. You are good, Lord, and we want to shine genuine faith to a world that suffers alongside us. Thank you for being our refuge and very real ever-present help in times of trouble.