|by Chaplain Rod Davis
|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?
What a wonderful declaration; I don’t have to be afraid because God
is my stronghold! He’s the Light that illuminates my way and shatters
the darkness. He’s my deliverer—my Savior. God is the one who has
taken me to His bosom to love and protect. No wondered David
said, “Who have I got to fear!”
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
It has been correctly said that the Bible is full of “Fear-nots”? Yet
the church seems full of fears. Why is that? After all, doesn’t the
Bible tell us to “be anxious for nothing?” Yet still, many of us are
down right…fearful! In fact, I’ve talked with many who seem to be
scared out of their wits! It’s most alarming to see believers give in to
fear. Should we be fearful? Obviously not, considering God’s Word
admonished us to be fear-free.
“But Chaplain Rod,” you may be thinking, “these are anxious times.
The economy is going up and down. We’re under the constant threat
of terrorism and America is waging a war that’s happening on a
global scale. People are buying duct tape to seal their windows.
They’re cleaning out grocery stores and stocking up for fear of the
worst. Things are pretty scary right now.” I’m inclined to agree.
Things are very scary right now. Indeed these are times that try men’
s souls. However, the pressures of life, including those brought on
by terrorist’s threats, should not overwhelm us with dread, but rather,
drive us into our prayer closets.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will
never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8)
The Apostle Paul faced anxiety and often battled fear. He openly
admitted it. He said that he had been “harassed at every turn―
conflicts on the outside, fears within.” At one point, he confessed
that he had been under such great pressure that he “despaired even
of life.” Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever despaired of
living?! The great Apostle Paul experienced those emotions. Indeed,
we all feel that way from time to time.
“Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the
world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” – Jesus (Luke 21:26)
Yet, Paul went on to say, “But this happened that we might not rely
on ourselves but on God.” He knew that God was “my light and my
salvation.” He had learned a valuable lesson over the years while
facing fear and the enemies who were seeking to take his life. He
could gladly echo the words of David, “The LORD is the stronghold
of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?”
Yes, we all face fears from time to time. That’s part of life. We can’t
always control all that befalls us. However, we can choose, with God’
s help, how to respond to those things. So you see, it’s your choice.
Fear… it can drive you to despair or lead you to the Prince of Peace.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to
give you the kingdom.” - Jesus (Luke 12:32)
Is there lack of true assurance,
Like a broad unguarded hole?
Do you need real love to heal you
And your suffering soul?
Have you heard enough excuses?
Do you want to know the truth?
My child, I am with you
And I will never leave.*
*Trust in Me by Geoff Thurman as recorded by Charles Billingsley