Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Suggested Scripture reading – Isaiah 44:6-18
Charlotte had decided that the scariest expression in the English language was, “But, what if . . .” She had left home to attend school in a distant city and was living in her own apartment not far from campus. At first it was exciting and even fun. Then one day her landlord appeared at the door with the news that the rent was going up. Going up a lot! She was shocked at such sudden unexpected news. She loved her place but now would have to move to a place she could afford. After she was settled again she reflected on how this news had come so unexpectedly. Her whole life changed in that one moment. Her next thought was what else could happen to her unexpectedly. What if her car broke down? What if she failed her classes at school? What if her friends left her? What if, what if . . . So many “what ifs”! The thought made her afraid and insecure. She felt so vulnerable to the unexpected turns her life could take. Things she could not control. They could just happen to her. She found herself frightened about the future.
The next morning she was having her quiet time with the Lord and He directed her eyes to Proverbs 3. There starting in verse 19 she began reading about the wisdom and understanding of God. Solomon was advising her to “let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion.” (vs. 22) If she kept the wisdom of God as her rule of life He promised that, “Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.” (vs. 23) It would help her sleep peacefully at night. (vs. 24) She did not need to fear those dreaded words, “what if.” The “sudden fear” was all known to her Heaven Father long before she would become aware of it. These verses gave Charlotte back her confidence (vs. 26)
Child of God has Satan stolen your confidence with those two words, “What if”? They need not cause you fear or steal your peace. “For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” (vs. 26)
Walk on in freedom and confidence!
“Be not afraid of sudden fear.”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
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