Proverbs 3:25-26 “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Fear can be quite controlling if we allow it.
Today, the world is in the grip of fear because of a virus. It is not so much what causes the fear, but how we handle it that matters. Throughout history, there have been many things that have given men reason to fear.
World war, epidemics, violent uprisings, genocide, horrific abuses, murder, and much more, display before our eyes on the evening news. Some have had it come directly into their lives.
Jesus warned us that there would be rough and challenging times before His imminent return.
John 15:18-19 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
Matthew 24:21-22 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
What struck me this morning was the word ‘confidence.’
“For the LORD shall be thy confidence.”
Confidence comes when our heart is prepared for the sudden fear as stated. It should not surprise us that we find ourselves in situations and circumstances that try our faith. What we do when they come will determine our ‘confidence.’
A look at the martyrs of old reveals a faith that can withstand pain, torture, and certain death. For many, fear was nowhere present. They showed great confidence in the face of horrific circumstances.
Some reading live in countries where that threat is real. How you face that reality and the confidence that available to you through the Lord is very tangible.
When our faith and confidence is in the Lord, we can be more at peace than those around us. It can be used as a testimony for others to see that Christ makes a difference in our lives’ most extreme parts.
Take time today to walk with Him and know he will supply our every need.