SHEPHERD TO SHEEP
(Pro 3:25-26) Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
Many of us live with deep-rooted fear. And so often we don’t even recognize it until crisis brings it out. Something unexpectedly happens and it hits a nerve and terror seizes us. We feel kidnapped and held against our will. Our bodies react with stiffness and shortness of breath. Our minds begin to think catastrophically. Our faith takes a vacation and we forget all we have learned about the truths of the Bible. Crazy stuff! How can have more peace in our lives, especially when large and ugly things loom over us and seek to intimidate us?
When you are reading the Bible and questions arise, if you keep on reading it usually explains itself. The wise man of Proverbs says there is a reason to not panic and experience sudden terror. He says the Lord will be your confidence. I used to think that confidence was being proud. But then I saw confidence in a person who was very humble. I rejoiced that I could have confidence too, not in myself but in the Lord. Then when the biggie came into my life I wouldn’t be so overwhelmed. The Lord is bigger than the biggie! And He will keep my foot from being caught. Think of it, when your foot is caught the rest of you isn’t going anywhere! Fear immobilizes a person but the Lord keeps your feet going forward in life to where you need to be.
David and Goliath. Now there’s a story. Everyone else was paralyzed by fear except young David. He had so much confidence in the Lord and he didn’t let Goliath scare him. He actually ran to the giant instead of away from him. (1 Sam 17:48) So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
So many of us fear about the welfare of our loved ones. We worry and fret over them and so often the devil brings his camping gear and sets up his site in our minds. He just loves to push us around with negative thoughts about what if this or that happened to them. We must replace our fear with confidence! (Pro 14:26) In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. Take that negative fear and replace it with positive fear of the Lord, which is standing in awe of Him. When you do that then you start claiming the promises of God for your loved ones. As you keep doing that then Satan is sent a message that he can no longer homestead in your territory and he’ll go and try to harass someone else.
Sudden fear. Satan likes to do everything quick or sudden to throw us off to where we don’t even have the time to think. Whereas the Bible says to quietly wait for the salvation of our God. (Lam 3:26) Let’s settle down and settle in to the fact that our God reigns and is in control!