TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, July 29, 2019:
Feeling fear or apprehension; feeling a threat of danger or harm. An emotion of dread or alarm.
Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Do you often feel afraid? If so, you are not alone. Throughout the scripture we read that God says, “Do not be afraid”. Abraham, Moses, Isaac, David and Jeremiah were all told by God not to be afraid. Jesus used the same words to reassure His disciples when they experienced fear.
We have good reason to be afraid because, as David reminds us in Psalm 18, we are surrounded by evil and our enemies are many and powerful. In Psalm 56:3 David has good advice for us and tells us to trust in God when we are afraid.
In Psalm 3, David tells us although he was surrounded by tens of thousands of enemies, he was not afraid. He could lie down and sleep because he trusted God. David had asked God to take control of his circumstances and he had full assurance that God heard his cry for help and he trusted God would answer his prayer. It is hard to sleep when we are afraid, but David reminds us that the Lord is our shield and defender. We must just put our trust in God, as David did and not doubt Gods ability to take care of us.
In I Chronicles 28:20 we have David’s own words of advice to his son Solomon. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
David knew that even the wisest man, the greatest and richest of kings, would have times of fear and discouragement.
There are many reasons for fear. Being afraid is not uncommon for many people today. People are afraid of losing their job. They are afraid of where their children are headed. They are afraid of their finances being insufficient. They are afraid that they cannot keep their marriage together. No one likes to be afraid but fear has a purpose. It motivates us to take action to protect ourselves. Fear becomes a problem when we allow it to paralyze us.
But let us repeat what we said above because this is so critical for many people today. If we love the Lord with all of our heart and are committed to serve Him and read the scripture daily and follow the direction that God leads you into, you will not be afraid. Our hope is in the Lord and He has promised us that He will take care of us.
Fear comes when we doubt God’s ability to care for us. Remember that Jesus said to, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” I Peter 5:7. The best antidote for fear is to trust in the Lord. Think about His love for you and recognize His presence.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 1:1.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Thank You Lord for the wonderful assurance from Your Word that when I am afraid that I can put my trust in You and know that You are with me. Thank You for caring for me, loving me, and directing me down life’s road. May my family find this same assurance as they walk life’s journey today.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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