The Lord says, "I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake." 2 Kings 19:34
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32
How often we forget that we are not in charge, and that God has our back, no matter what. The Psalmist said it well: "The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1.
Over and over we read from God's Holy Word that He is with us and that we should not be afraid. It needs to be said often, because we of little faith tend to forget God's promise of defense and redemption.
When doubt and fear creep in, we once again need to take into our hearts His holy words: "I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2
God does not free us from the cares that enter our hearts, but he does offer respite, because we are his and he cares for each one of us, his children. He promises that our mourning will be turned to gladness and that sorrows will be turned to joy. What blessings are ours, because of his promises!
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for your compassion and love for each one of us. We are blessed to be sheep of your flock. When fear abounds, you assure us over and over, "Do not be afraid." Empower us to overcome our fears and to always turn to you. Give us voices to speak of your promises to us to someone else. Amen.