September 25, 2023
READ: Psalm 118:1–7
When I was a boy, the schoolyard was where bullies threw their weight around and kids like me received that bullying with minimal protest. As we cowered in fear before our tormenters, there was something even worse: their taunts of “Are you scared? You’re afraid of me, aren’t you? There’s no one here to protect you.”
In fact, most of those times I really was frightened—and with good cause. Having been punched in the past, I knew I didn’t want to experience that again. So, what could I do and whom could I trust when I was stricken with fear? When you’re eight years old and being bullied by a kid who is older, bigger, and stronger, the fear is legitimate.
When the psalmist faced attack, he responded with confidence rather than fear—because he knew he didn’t face those threats alone. He wrote, “The
The threats we face in life are real. Yet we need not fear. The Creator of the universe is with us, and He’s more than enough.
— Bill Crowder
What are you fearing today? Ask God for His presence, comfort, and protection for whatever you're facing.
Father, thank You that You’re with me and that I can trust You in those moments to see me through by Your grace.
For further study, read When Fear Seems Overwhel
Source: Our Daily Bread