DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONALS: MARCH 8
DEALING WITH STORM OF FEAR (2)
SCRIPTURE: PROVERBS 3: 25; ISAIAH 35: 4; 41: 11 – 13
Yesterday’s devotional pointed us to the fact that fear is part of life and no one lives without it. It however gave us few ways we allow fear overcome our lives. As Christians, it will be wrong to conclude that a Christian cannot be subjected to fear. But it is perfectly Biblical to say Christians can deal with storm of fear. As revealed yesterday, every strand of fear sent into our hearts and minds by devil has Biblical caution of either “fear not”, or “be not afraid” or “do not be dismayed”. Biblically, we can deal with storm of fear perfectly as Christians by believing in God, trusting in His words and promises of His readiness and willingness to be our God through storms of fear. This is what this devotional is set to do.
When face to face with storm of fear go to what God says about that particular fear and apply the words to the fear. For instance, if the fear is on people ganging up against you, God said: “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deut. 31: 6 Africa Study Bible). God is always with those who trust Him even when the person is surrounded by sea of enemies. Let all Christians be like King David while dealing with fear. David said: “When I was afraid, I put my trust in you” (Psalm 56: 3). We can deal with the storm of fear by knowing that God cannot give us out to be destroyed because we are precious to Him. Psalm 72: 14 says: “He will redeem them from oppression and violence for their lives are precious to Him” (Africa Study Bible). No matter the length of the storm, God will draw closer to those who are precious to Him and redeem them.
In dealing with storm of fear, we should be able to see and believe that God stands by us in the midst of the fear. For example, when you find yourself in a place where disaster is falling on people who are unbelievers; your fear might be that the disaster will be extended to you; know that God said we are not to be afraid: “You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap” (Proverbs 3: 25). Your storm of fear is known by God, so you do not have to live in fear. Hear what the Bible says: “Say to those with fearful hearts, be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you” (Isaiah 35: 4). Is so comforting, reading what God says about our enemies. He asked us to see how helpless they lie down like dead people. He said anyone who oppose us will die and come to nothing (Isaiah 41: 11 – 13). What a comfort!
Pray and ask God to take away your eyes from the storm of fear bellowing towards you and enable you cast your cares upon Jesus; then ask Him to deal with the storm of fear in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.