‘On God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear.’ Psalm 56:4 AMPC
David said, ‘On God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?’ And David should know, because God enabled him to defeat a lion, a bear, and a giant.
The story is told about the man who approached a farmhouse and every few metres he noticed signs that read, ‘Beware of Dog’. When he finally reached the farmhouse, he discovered the dog was a tiny chihuahua. ‘You mean to tell me that little dog keeps people away?’ he asked.
The farmer smiled and said, ‘No, but the signs do!’ Fear roars like a lion, but much of the time when we confront it, it’s just a chihuahua!
The truth is, you can face anything when you know God has promised: ‘For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”’ (Isaiah 41:13 ESV) So instead of fearing the worst, start believing God for the best.
And you do that by personalising His promises: I will not fear because God is with me, I will not be dismayed for He is my God; He will strengthen me and help me, and uphold me with His righteous right hand. (based on Isaiah 41:10) I know that in all things, no matter how it seems on the surface, God is working for my good because I love Him and because I am called by Him for His purposes (based on Romans 8:28).
Don’t let fear get the upper hand. Instead of giving in to it, stand on the Word of God and believe He’s going to bring you through your circumstances and make you stronger.
SoulFood: Dan 8–10, Luke 22:54–62, Ps 103:13–22, Pro 10:14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023