I hate fear. Yet fear keeps knocking at the door expecting to be allowed entrance.
Yesterday, it came in form of rumors. Rumors of State Workers being furloughed. Rumors schools still may not be normal in the fall.
I see fear all around me and it breaks my heart. On one side, there is fear of the disease itself, fear life will never be normal again. On the other side is fear of forced vaccines, fear of losing our liberties and freedoms. Fear of a boogeyman that is conspiring against us for financial gain.
Fear is prevalent.
So how do we not allow fear to overcome us?
As much as I hate fear, I love the word of God. Stories upon stories of a miraculous God who fights for his people. Promises upon promises from a faithful God. So when fear knocks, I answer with God’s Word.
This morning I read: “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this immense wilderness. The Lord your God has been with you these past forty years, and you have lacked nothing.’” Deuteronomy 2:7 CSB
If God was with the children of Isarael through 40 years of complaining and questioning His goodness, surely, He will be with me through this and I shall not lack anything. What do I have to fear?
Then later I read: “Has God rejected his people? Absolutely not! Romans 11:1 CSB
While Paul asked this question in a different context, it still spoke to my heart this morning. God has not abandoned us. He is still bigger and badder then any weapon formed against His children, against all powers of darkness. I do not have to fear a conspiracy because God has not rejected His people. He will protect us from every evil that lurks in the darkness.
Then later I read Psalm 121. It became my prayer and declaration.
So as fear is knocking this morning, I am responding with truth. I am responding in faith. I am responding with an assurance that God is with me in the middle of this and I shall not lack anything. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I will not fear.
How will you respond when fear comes knocking?
Pray Psalm 121 with me:
“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow my foot to slip; My Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The Lord protects me; the Lord is a shelter right by my side. The sun will not strike me by day or the moon by night. The Lord will protect me from all harm; he will protect my life. The Lord will protect my coming and going both now and forever.”
Psalms 121:1-8 CSB