Friday, March 11, 2016

Walking Without Fear




Little baby snakes are hatching. I passed two of them on a bike ride a couple of days ago. Both baby copperheads. It is gorgeous weather, sunny and near 80...but I wish the snakes did not feel the need to emerge from early hibernation. I guess that is the price we pay for a glorious warm day in early March. No joy is ever completely unmarred.

Satan loves to steal our joy. He delights when we focus on the venomous snakes instead of the gorgeous day. I biked by two young girls walking on the bike path. I passed them, almost rolled over a snake, and quickly veered around it. (I admit to an involuntary shudder.)

The girls, on the other hand, now noticed the snake, shrieked, clutched each other, and turned back. In fact, ran back the way they had come. They would not continue on the beautiful pathway for fear of the snake. I think that is sad.

2 Timothy says: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 
It is hard not to fear, because frankly, the world is filled with fearsome things. But if we truly trust God, none of those fearsome things can harm us. Don't get me wrong. They can harm our physical being, but they cannot harm our soul. If we have NO DOUBT where we are going when we die, we need not worry about all the obstacles Satan places in our path.

I struggle to memorize and don't have many verses memorized, but when I am in fearful situations, I do recite Psalm 23. This verse in particular, comforts me:
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.

What an amazing, powerful verse. Even in the face of death, we should not fear because God is right beside us. If we survive, it is because there is yet more He would have us do on earth. If not, He whisks us immediately into His presence if we have asked Him to be Lord of our lives. It is win/win!!

I biked safely past the snake, and the whole beauty of the universe lay open before me.

Hebrews 13:6

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

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