“Have no fear of sudden disaster…for the Lord will be at your side.” (Prov. 3:25-26)

There’s no reason to panic! Wisdom declares that those who belong to the Lord need not fear sudden disaster because God is right beside us. In the midst of a world plagued by violent attacks, political fear and unexpected diagnoses, we often anxiously await sudden disaster. We often hear a whisper, “You are all alone!” Not true! You and I have nothing to fear because God is standing there beside us. This means we can’t always trust our own wisdom or insight. It means our emotions can sometimes be deceived.

So what should we do? We must cling to Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust the Lord and not in yourself.” Peace in the midst of today’s culture could be a primary identifying mark of the believer–not because he or she doesn’t feel afraid, but because he or she is well aware of God’s tangible presence. It’s only by God’s presence that we can be at peace.

Prayer: “Father, please give us a tangible sense of your presence when we are afraid. It is only through you that we can avoid fear and experience peace.”


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