“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4).
For much of my life, I have battled fear. After surrendering my life to Christ, I assumed that I would no longer have to deal with fear. However, I soon realized that was not the case. I was confused. I thought to myself, “if God’s presence drives out fear, I must be doing something wrong” …..
The story is told of a little girl who developed the bad habit of lying. When her birthday came, she received a Saint Bernard puppy — but told all of her friends she’d been given a lion ….
When her mother heard this story, she was not happy. “I told you not to lie. Honesty is very important. Now go upstairs and tell God you’re sorry. Promise Him you’ll never lie again.”
The little girl slowly climbed the stairs to her room, said her prayers, and then came back down to play. Her mother was waiting. “Well, did you tell God you’re sorry?” she asked. “Yes, I did,” her daughter quickly responded. “And God said that sometimes He thinks it hard to tell a Saint Bernard from a lion, too.” …..
Oh, how I can relate to this little girl’s tactic. I am a master at rationalization. But there is one truth in this story that we shouldn’t miss. We must learn to face fear in total honesty — instead of pretending it is something it is not. Trying to bury fear in some dark corner of our soul is pointless. Fear loves darkness. But when we drag it into the light of God’s truth, fear shrivels and dies ….
I began to study the Word and soon realized that the presence of God always exposes fear and lets us see it for what it really is – simply powerless …..
The only power fear can have in my life is the power I allow it to have. I asked God to lead me to the truths that would teach me how to overcome fear. It didn’t take me long to land right in the middle of Psalm 23 where God reminded me that I am a sheep and He is my Shepherd ….
Always in search of sweeter, greener grass, sheep tend to wander off into rocks and get into places from which they cannot escape. They will even jump down 10 or 12 feet, only to discover that they can’t jump back up again ….
What do they do? Bleat like crazy -and of course, the Shepherd comes running — right? Nope!
When the shepherd hears his sheep, he waits until the sheep is so weak from bleating that it can’t stand. He then ties a rope around the exhausted sheep and pulls it to safety. When asked why he waits so long before rescuing the sheep, the shepherd replied, “I have to wait until the sheep has no energy left because sheep are foolish. In an attempt to escape, they would run over the edge of the rocks and be killed” …..
Oh, I am definitely a sheep, though I prefer the term of a lamb. How about you? And we know the lion truly is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the “Lion of Judah” who was slain and has triumphed over death ….
We often try everything and everyone else before gong to God as a last resort instead of the first place we should turn to when we are afraid. When we reach the end of ourselves, choose to face fear head on, and are willing to trust God completely, He will rescue us.
Everyone of His children are a precious lamb in His view, cherished, and so deeply loved. I strongly urge you to repent today and trust in the Lion of the Tribe of Judah if you have not yet done son or your destruction will come suddenly someday (Revelation 20:12-15).
Let us pray ~
Thank You Lord that we are not to fear, knowing that You are with us in every activity and circumstance of life. Thank You for Your promise to strengthen us and uphold us with Your righteous right hand ….
Thank You that You have said that You will never to leave us nor forsake us and thank You Father, that You have redeemed us with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and that we are Your children, forever ….
Thank You that our lives are hid with Christ in God and that because of His great and precious sacrifice we are accepted in Him and clothed in His perfect righteousness ….
Thank You that no matter what difficulties arise in life, You have promised to be there, to uphold and rescue us, and thank You that You are ever faithful and that Your loving-kindness and tender-mercies towards us are new every morning. Praise Your holy name, Amen ….