“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4 KJV
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
Watching a recent program, I was struck by a remark made by one of the featured guests on a panel of commentators. “So many people in this country are fatigued,” he stated. “They’re tired, and they’re fearful, and they’re tired of being tired and fearful.”
His assertion was powerful. As I reflected on his words, the faces of people I’ve viewed in airports during my travels flashed across my mind. So many of their faces looked haggard, drawn and worried as they bustled about. I thought of other places I’ve been where I’ve seen similar expressions: grocery stores, the mall, and the hotels I’ve stayed in.
I have to say I’ve also seen fearful expressions on the faces of some people when I travel to different churches. Parents come in, concerned about the problems their children are having at school with grades, bullying and pressures to “fit in” by becoming sexually active. Wives are concerned about husbands and vice versus – the list goes on and on. The good news is despite contending with the worry and fear used by the enemy to assail their minds, one major difference stands out: most of them don’t leave the way they came. Hallelujah!
You see, after praise, prayer and having their faith stirred by listening to the preached word, God’s people are strengthened and renewed. They’re able to shake off the worry and the fear, and rise up in faith. Like David, they realize that even though they may have to deal with “life and death” situations, they don’t have to fear evil. Why? Because just as He was with David, the Lord is with them!
Hearing God’s word reminds them that any fear they feel is not from the Lord, because He doesn’t give His people a spirit of fear. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord (James 1:17). What He gives His people is power, love and a sound mind – a mind that understands the One within us is far greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). The Lord Jesus has given us “authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you,” (Luke 10:19). We can walk in power and authority, and fear no evil, because the Lord is with us!