04/18/22 Why Should I be Afraid?

READING: 1 Samuel 26:1–27:7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8–29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56

What fears do you carry today? A fear of rejection? A fear of COVID? A fear of heights? A fear of the unknown? Your fears may be different, but it is right to rely on the presence of the Lord to help you overcome whatever frightens you today. 

In today’s reading, David faced enemies who could easily have stricken him with fear. Listen to the words he used, and don’t miss the reality of his situation. His enemies hounded him, slandered him, boldly attacked him, twisted what he said, plotted to harm him, spied on him, and sought to kill him. Indeed, they were eager to have him dead. 

Again, though, David knew that the right move when we are afraid is to put our trust in Him. Fear is real, but trust trumps fear. Then, even when it appears we are surrounded by enemies, trust leads to praise—and we can fulfill our commitment to Him. He not only knows our fears, but He also keeps His word to us and allows us to live in the light. Nobody—particularly, no mere mortal—can hinder God’s plan. Our responsibility is to walk well in His presence, which includes trusting Him when afraid. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you trust God even when you’re afraid? 

TODAY’S PRAYER: “I praise You, God, for what You have promised.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: 1 Samuel 30:1-31:13; 1 Chronicles 9:40-44, 10:1-14; 12:20-22; 2 Samuel 1:1-27, 4:4

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