It was just a few weeks ago I heard Dan, a radio host, read a devotional by Paul Chappell that dealt with fear. He mentioned the story of Jonathan and his armourbearer that is found in the 14th chapter of First Samuel.
I find many places in the Bible where someone at that time, or we today, are told to fear not, or to not be afraid. Both Mary and Joseph were told there was no need to fear when they learned of the coming of Jesus. I love that the shepherds were told to not be afraid when they learned of Jesus’ birth.
Then too, I remember what Jesus tells us in His own words in Matthew 10:28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
So am I ever afraid? Sure. Then I remember that I need to take both my fear and whatever is causing it to God. He is always with me. I am reminded too that I have often heard it said that nothing can touch me that doesn’t pass through His hands. I love that I heard someone say, and I believe it was Dan, "In order for Satan to get to me, he has to come past Jesus".
I have a security system that will never let me down. I take my fears and concerns to God knowing He will not let anything near me that is not according to His will for me. Sometimes trials do come, but always there comes the strength and courage to face them, and stand. When the struggle is too hard, the pain too much to bear, I call on God. He has the answer, the way out, and the help that I need.
It’s a blessing to know that my fears can be put to rest just by trusting, believing, and leaning on God.