“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Things happen in this life that we cannot and do not expect. Quite frankly, it can be scary when the unexpected happens.
- How should you respond at the moment your car is wrecked?
- How should you respond when you lose your job?
- How should you respond when a burglar or mugger attacks?
- How should you respond when you or a loved one is shipped out for military duty?
- How should you respond when your mother/father/brother/sister/child suddenly gets sick?
- What about when they suddenly die?
- How should you respond when God calls you to something new?
These are all very scary, even terrifying moments.
But we were told not to be afraid of that fear.
Fear can be healthy when it is meant to warn us of danger or when we begin walking down the wrong path.
But the moment we fear will quickly pass. Perhaps it will not pass as quickly as we like, but it will pass.
The Lord has promised to be with us, to guide us, and to give us peace.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
Even to the end of the world.
No matter your view on the end of the world, Christ has promised to return. He will return, and the world as we know it will not exist, anymore.
Before He does, this world will only get worse. Violence, ignorance, hatred, selfishness, and any other form of evil you can imagine will only increase.
Just as in the past, the Lord will deal with all wickedness, and He will deal with this wicked world.
Until then, we must not be afraid of the fear we will feel, for He is with us. Always.
Mighty God, thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for Your promises. Help us remember those promises when the unexpected happens. Prepare our hearts to help prepare this world for Your return.