(A picture of the Krum kids, and a friend, a few miles from the mountains where our hunting expedition took place.)
Today’s devotional brings back a flood of childhood memories… Imagine five children stuffed in the cab of an old truck, waiting eagerly for their uncles to return from a two-hour hunting trip. Our imaginations ran wild as we waited. Each rustling branch and dark shape called out to our fear. Eternity was defined for us that day as we waited and waited. In reality, our uncles were probably only gone 45 minutes, but when darkness fell on our day each minute turned into an hour. Every “hour” filled with fear and dread.
Fear is a normal human response. In fact, it’s a very good response when fight or flight is necessary—fear ignites the soles of our feet when we need to run for safety! Well then, if fear is normal, why is God so emphatic in telling us not to fear? Why does the Bible say, “do not fear” so many times?
When we know the Bigger Reality of God, the lesser reality of fear is not fearful at all. The one cancels out the other. Fear of death is canceled out when we know we have eternal life with God. Fear of sickness is canceled out when we know God will faithfully sustain us through it. Fear of financial collapse is canceled out when we know God is in control and He will not forsake us.
Regardless of what we experience, the bigger reality of a Sovereign God outweighs all other realities. And that’s the truth! It always has been and always will be true, because our God is Almighty!
You see, “do not fear” is always wrapped tightly around the only compelling reason not to fear—God, in majesty, power, grace, and mercy, is in control! We may not understand what is happening and why, but that does not alter in any way, shape or form, what God is accomplishing. In Him, we stand in confidence! Praise the Lord!
Because I have always been a bit of a fear freak, I need to continually establish myself in God’s word. Isaiah 41:10 is my favorite, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about, for I am your God, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” The BIGGER reality of God is wrapped around the lesser reality fear. Shalom, an indescribable peace, is always the result when we put our mind to God’s reality, His word! Amen!
The MP3 audio file, Dark Shadows, is listed under LISTEN TO → I love this story because I was there and by being there, I discovered something amazing about fear and something infinitely more amazing about God. It’s my prayer that the Lord will encourage to your heart as to listen.
All for His glory…always!
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