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Friday, October 31, 2008

I Will Not Be Afraid

In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?...
I will render praises to You,
For You have delivered my soul from death.
Have You not kept my feet from falling,
That I may walk before God In the light of the living?
(Psalms 56:10-13 NKJV)

"Therefore do not worry ... your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
(Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV)

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the LORD....
Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.
For He does not afflict willingly,
Nor grieve the children of men.
(Lamentations 3:25-26,32-33 NKJV)

What is that one fear that strikes true terror in the pit of your stomach? Most likely, we each have one prayer that goes something like, "Oh Lord, please let me never face ..." The bad news is that being a Christian does not provide exemption from severe trial.

"Do not be afraid." "Do not be anxious." "Let not your heart be troubled." "In God we trust." Such reassurances have become platitudes we fail to remember in the hour when we need them most.

The good news? These are indeed reassurances. They appear in Scripture with great frequency because God not only proved them to be true over and over in past millennia, but He also waits to prove them true here and now.

The Bible often admonishes, "Wait upon the Lord." Surely our waiting is often prolonged while He waits upon us to look to Him in faith and say, "I will not be afraid."

O LORD, Your mercy and faithfulness reach the clouds. Your rightness is like the great mountains. How precious is Your grace, O God! With You is the fountain of life. In Your light we see light, even in our darkest hours. We do believe in You, Lord. Please increase our faith!

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