No Fear

February 25, 2018

Psalms 56:10-13… In God whose word I praise, in the lord whose word I praise, in God I trust I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? I must perform my vows to you oh God, I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

            This is one of those Psalms where the writer complained a lot. The verses above are the end of the Psalm. As we read through the Psalms, we find that often the writer complained but ended up praising God. That is one of the helps of prayer. We talk to God honestly and when we are done, we embrace His words more than our circumstances and we are grateful. The situations didn’t change, our perspective did. Have you ever considered the role of perspective on your life?

            I walked home in the dark once when I was about 14 years old. We lived on a farm and my brother and I were fishing until late.  As we walked through a field, a badger appeared in front of us. It was dark so at first it was not obvious what it was. I was about 6 feet tall and I was scared. Badgers can be quite mean. My perspective was, “This little 6 inch animal might be mad and will harm me in the dark.” My perspective could have been, “I am 6 feet tall. Run away little animal.” Because of perspective, I was scared.  How often are we unnecessarily scared? How often has fear prevented us from doing something that could have been advantageous? And the fear was unfounded; it was not real.

            The end of the nighttime fishing story is that we walked around the badger and proceeded home without incident. We had a story to tell. It was a fish story. The big one that got away was at least  feet long. Well, in our story the badger was at least 3 feet tall. ‘Perspective’ made for a better story but messed with reality.

            Our perspective about God may be a bit off. He is not just greater than any human we know; He is immeasurably greater. There is nothing too hard for Him. If you can get His perspective, life will be better, or, fears will be lessened.

 Imagine life without fear. Can  you do it? God has no fear.