Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, bombings, bomb threats, school shootings, shootings at work, shooting at the theater, shootings anywhere, anyplace, cancer, disease, suicide, death, the unknown…
It would be easy to retreat and live in fear, overwhelming, paralyzing, immobilizing fear.
But I am reminded that there are over 300 scripture verses that have to do with fear. I think of the words in;
Psalm 90 – “He will cover you with feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. DO NOT BE AFRAID of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.”
Isaiah 41:10 – “DO NOT FEAR, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
John 14:27 – “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give, SO DO NOT BE TROUBLED OR AFRAID.”
2 Timothy 1:7 – “I HAVE NOT GIVEN YOU A SPIRIT OF FEAR or timidity but of power, love and self-discipline.”
Joshua 1:9 – “This is my command – be strong and courageous! DO NOT BE AFRAID or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
And one of my favorites,
2 Kings 6 – “DO NOT BE AFRAID”, the prophet answered, “those who are with us are more than who are with them”…In the next instant the servant saw that the hills surrounding the city were full of horses – and these weren’t the enemy’s horses. They were surrounded by chariots of fire. God’s army of angels was all around, protecting Elisha and the servant.”
Chris Tomlin writes,
“You hear me when I call , You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night, It cannot hide the light.
WHOM SHALL I FEAR?
You crush the enemy, Underneath my feet
You are my Sword and Shield, though troubles linger still.
WHOM SHALL I FEAR?
I know Who goes before me, I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies, is always by my side
The One who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine.”
What more could I need? The God of angel armies is always by my side!
There’s a peace, the world cannot give, but Christ, and this peace comes when I stop focusing on my circumstances and look up at the Controller of all things. And then, I can honestly say, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; WHOM SHALL I FEAR? (Psalm 27)
Travis Cottrell sings,
“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my life, my strength, my song.
This cornerstone, this solid rock, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, when FEARS ARE STILLED and striving’s cease!
My comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand.
No guilt in life, NOR FEAR IN DEATH, this is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry, to my final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand.
Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand…
On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand,
ALL other ground is sinking sand…”
I’ve had my share of struggles, some were brought upon me and others I brought upon myself. Too many times, I’ve tried to work through the valleys, focusing on my circumstances and my fear. But, I am learning to release, let go, all that concerns me and place it at the feet of Christ. What a waste it would be for me to live in fear and anxiety when God promises me peace and courage. I do not know what the next day, the next hour, or even the next minutes will bring, but I FEAR NOT, knowing that God holds all of my tomorrows in His gracious, loving hand. “From life’s first cry, to my final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.”