2018-03-12 - Faith or Fear?
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? (Psalm 27:1 NIV)
I stopped in my tracks, the moment I heard the doorbell. I then looked through the peephole. Not seeing anyone, I peered out, ever so carefully through the front window, and saw a young man walking down my front steps and into my yard. He walked down the street, spitting once he got to the corner. My heart beat fast, and floods of questions filled my mind. Who was this man, and why did he pick this house?
I didn't want to be afraid of doorbells, but feelings of dread and violation had seeped inside me. I wasn’t responding like someone who had faith in God. I was aware God knew what the man needed, and I prayed the Lord would provide the right person to meet his needs. I asked that this man not return, and the next time someone is at the door and the person on the other side is unfamiliar to me, that the Lord would reassure me that I am safe and surrounded in His care. I decided not to live in fear, and made my way to the mailbox. I noticed the same guy walking past our street and out of our neighborhood.
I promised myself to begin believing God’s Word more than my own thoughts, for God’s track record is better.
The day’s incidents were a wake-up call for me. I needed to start living without dread. Whatever I face, I will face it with confidence. “For the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.” (Proverbs 3:26)
Lord, Please help me break free of feeling something bad is going to happen. Instead, turn my attention to the truth that You are with me. You are my protector and guide. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.