Fear - Doubt - Dread - Panic - REALLY?
What thoughts go through your mind when something horrible happens to you? When Carol fell and broke he kneecap we had all kinds of thoughts and fears running through our minds. Will the pain ever stop? Is this really serious? Will we be able to go and see our girls graduate in Costa Rica? Will Mark be able to go and speak at the conference for Missionaries? Fear - Doubt - Dread - Panic all went through our minds. At times like that Carol and I have learned and continue to learn to go back to or default position, to one basic TRUTH. God knows what He is doing - He never makes mistakes. Once we remind ourselves of that Truth once we confess again Lord we TRUST You no matter what - then and only then can we seek God’s help with the Fear - Doubt - Dread - Panic that we are feeling. Here are some amazing verses that have been an encouragement to me.
Psalm 27:1-4 (NLT) The LORD is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?  When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.  Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.  The one thing I ask of the LORD - the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Have you ever been full of fear? Have you ever allowed the fear you face to control you? David makes it very clear that God has the power to deal with any and all of his fears and his enemies easily and decisively. His fears were perhaps more immediate in the sense that he had enemies literally trying to kill him. Yet as David speaks about His FEARS and also remembers to put ALL his TRUST in God.
In choosing to TRUST God and NOT give into his own fears David was putting ALL his confidence in God’s Power NOT in his own strength or ability. The logic is simple. If the ALL POWERFUL God of the universe is protecting me I have no reason for fear. Even in the middle of an attack David says he will remain confident in God’s Power and Might. Perhaps the reason David can trust God, even during the heat of the battle, or the darkest night full of fears, is that he has found the answer in seeking out God’s Presence. David is pursuing God - seeking to be in His presence - seeking to DELIGHT in God Himself. David wants to Meditate by focusing his heart and mind on God’s Word - focusing his thoughts and even his emotions on the wonder of Who God is and What He is like. When we are full of FEAR or Facing uncertainty we must seek out God - Pursue Him through His Word and by spending time alone with Him. We can learn like David to POUR out our Hearts and Fears to Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me to look to you for strength and courage. Help me not to give into fear or darkness but to seek out Your Light. Lord God help me to Delight in Your character and to Meditate on Your Word so that I will know you better and Trust You More.