1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want… Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Ps. 23:1,4
One of the greatest blessings that is afforded to us as children of God is the blessing to NOT FEAR. In a world driven and controlled by fear, we can look danger in the eye and not experience the slightest fear. Why?
“… for thou art with me.”
I love that. God is with us!
Many times in midst of life’s challenges we fail to believe that God is with us. We think that we are alone and for this reason fear fills our hearts. But here we see David passing through the toughest challenge possible – walking through the valley of the shadow of death – and he says he will fear no evil.
Notice that David does not say, “I will face no evil.” Rather, he says, “I will fear no evil.”
Modern-day preachers try to teach people to not face evil. They teach that evil will not touch you if you are a child of God. They tell their followers, for example, “Take this holy water and sprinkle it around your house, and no evil will befall you”; or, “Put this sticker photo of the man of God on your car and you will not get an accident.”
Churches that teach an evil-less world are packed to capacity. People will always love these kinds of gospels because they go easy on the flesh. But David did not preach that. Rather, he expected evil to come; but he knew God was with him, and that He would protect him under His shadow.
Is it not wonderful that we can live without fear in a world full of storms? The storms of life will come. Better still, is it not just so wonderful to know that God is with us and especially so in times of our deepest challenges? God will preserve us.
We should all thank and praise God for this grace.
[“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” – Ps. 4:8)