God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Psalm 46:1-2
Fear comes in many shapes, sizes and situations. The devil will often whisper in our ear and tell us things that make us fearful, or that will come from the voice of a friend, loved one or even from our own mind. Fear does not come from God as 2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The devil wants us in fear because it is paralyzing at times and demonstrates a lack of faith in God. The devil will do all that he can to separate our faith and trust in God, even through real-life circumstances such as natural disasters and the odd noises that occur in the night. Fear was brought about by sin, and the great fall of mankind that occurred in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3:10, Adam replied to God, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Fear is of the devil and sin brings about guilt and fear. Many of us have had our heart beat heavy in our chest after being caught doing something we should not.
There are rumors swirling that bad days are ahead of us, which should be no surprise to the believer. The Bible tells us that the days will grow worse and worse as we approach the end. We live in a fallen world in need of a Savior, and as believers, we ought not fear of what we will face as God is with us every step of the way. If you grow fearful in life, then you are in good company as even Jesus’ disciples grew fearful on the sea even though they were in same boat as the Master. They focused on the storm and the mighty winds instead of the One who created the storm and winds. They focused on their situation and circumstance and not the Solution to their fear. Jesus was a few feet away and they had seen Him do miraculous things, yet they feared as though they had not been witnesses to His greatness. We are the same and forgot the protection and comfort of our God in the adverse moments He allows in our lives, and we lack that child-like faith.
I recall growing up and being scared from time to time after watching the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz or hearing noises that were unfamiliar to me late in the night. We lived in a cul-de-sac and one night someone crashed into our basketball court at the end of the block. I could see the red and blue lights shine through my bedroom window, and I remember my heart racing not knowing what happened or what to expect. I remember my dad getting up, and I remember my fears dissipating and a calmness coming over me. I no longer was worried, and I got back into bed and fell soundly asleep. There were many other moments in my adolescence when I heard noises in the night, and I got fearful for a moment, but I remembered my dad shared the same wall as my room and I fell back asleep. The noises did not go away, but my fear did as I put my confidence in my dad who I was sure would take care of any trouble that would try to enter our home.
We often forget that our Heavenly Father is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. We forget that He is with us every step of the way, and that He is 100% vested in our lives. We take on trouble not meant for us, and we carry burdens that we should cast on Him. 1 Peter 5:7 states, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” God cares about the details of our lives, and He does not want us to live in fear, but He wants us to live with total dependence on Him. He loves and cares for His children, and we must remember that He doesn’t simply share a wall with us, but He indwells the believer and is just a prayer away.
What do you need to cast at His feet? In what area of your life are you perplexed? What is giving you an ulcer and causing you unrest? Are you living in fear today? Are you full of anxiety? Is God your refuge and strength or have you turned to other things which are addictive and unsatisfying? May we find rest and comfort in our Lord and Savior, and may we not be troubled in the storms of this world as we have a Master who can calm the storms of life simply by saying, “Peace, be still.”