Fear v. God: Safe with Him

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” (Psalms 46:4-5)

Although this psalm is about God’s protection of Jerusalem—keeping his promise under the covenant to keep her safe—it also shows us where our fear makes the least sense: when we’re with God.

fear_350While the rest of the world is being consumed by earthquakes and floods, the water inside God’s city is just fine. We can be fearless for two reasons: Our ultimate home is in the new Jerusalem with it’s peaceful river; we’ll be safe forever with God. No matter what happens in the here and now, nothing can take that away from those who are in Christ.

The second reason we can be fearless is that God is with us now. He has promised, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” No matter what storms come, his peace can flow like his river in our hearts. We will not fall as long as we’re in his hands – and we’ll always be in his hands.

Think: Do you believe that to be with God is to be safe? How does knowing that God’s Spirit is with you now help you to calm your fear?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be convinced that his presence with you means you don’t have to fear anything else.

Do: Read Romans 8:31-39.