“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When evil man advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.” ~ Psalm 27: 1-3 (NIV)
I love how these verses in Psalm 27 present a powerful image of fearlessness and especially highlighting who God is. God is above all. There is nothing higher than God. Even demons are afraid at the very mention of His name. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” Awesome! So, what do humans fear? I can write a list, but I think it’d be better if I just sum it up in one word: everything.
Fear has quite a strong grip on my life and I’m sure on others too. It controls my thoughts, my actions, and my decisions. It’s so easy to fear whatever comes in my life, and it seems as though I acquire new fears here and there, everywhere I go: the future, a job, money, a place to live, the next step, spiders, my family, friends, traveling, etc. Furthermore, look at where our society has gone. The fears in our lives have taken such a toll that we need medication or other resources to calm the results of our fears. We avoid the scary things in life and would rather sit back and enjoy a life of comfort which for some is not where God wants us at all. Don’t get me wrong, at this very moment all I desire is a comfortable life. On the other hand, I am grateful for fear at times because it is something that helps me to look for God.
A life without fear…I would not have to deal with hair loss, stress, worry, sleepless nights. Yet, I would not grow stronger, and God would probably not have such an importance in my life. It’s interesting though that when we are children, we are afraid of things that need not to be feared. If God is above all, then the things we are afraid of as adults also should not be feared. Why?
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 43:1 says, “But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’”
Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Matthew 10:28 says, “’Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.’”
These verses and the one at the top are just a few that should encourage us to not be afraid. But most importantly, to know that when we are afraid, we can look to God for help. In addition, when we are clouded with fear in any situation such as marriage, school, work, relationships, or anything, one way to truly put our trust in God to be above our fear is to pray and also to read Scripture out loud. Recently, I noticed my youngest brother whispering and speaking Scripture while he plays video games, when he is showering, and even when he is just sitting down. Jesus said in Matthew 10:27, “’What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.’” We can proclaim some of these verses in our head, but when we speak them out, we are demonstrating trust.
As years go by, fears of war, terrorism, racism, more difficult categories get stronger and stronger. However, we must remind ourselves, that even when we see the world coming to this, God is still higher and bigger than the fears we have.
Whatever your fears are, remember that God is bigger than any of them and He’s with you! Lean into Him and cast your cares on Him. We hope you have a wonderful weekend! ❤