“No Fear” or “Of Whom Should I be Afraid” or “I Shall Fear No Evil: For Thou Art With Me”

“I will not be afraid of (10,000) ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. (Psalm 3:6)

“Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear… (Psalm 27:3)

 

There was/is a prophet named Elisha and he had a servant. One day Elisha’s servant went outside and saw an army of soldiers surrounding the home of Elisha. The soldiers were there because Elisha had greatly angered the king. The servant of Elisha was scared to say the least. Elisha, however, was content and was at perfect peace. Gehazi (Ga-hey-zeye), the servant must have been at a loss. How could Elisha be at peace with all of this going on? Why isn’t he afraid, like me? These must have been some of his thoughts.

Elisha, looking at the king’s army, smiled and prayed and asked God to open the spiritual eyes of Gehazi and God was so inclined. When Gehazi’s eyes were opened he saw a greater army of God’s host (angels) behind the king’s army. Elisha then prayed and asked God to blind the king’s army, which He did. Elisha then led them to Samaria where they were fed and were well taken care of. The soldiers were then sent on their way home.  This, however, infuriated King Benhadad and he “went up, and besieged Samaria.”

This is true of all of God’s people. In the Book of Hebrews chapter (1) one and verse (14) fourteen tells us that angels are ministering spirits for them who shall be heirs of salvation. That means that all who are saved or will be saved have angels that minister unto their safety. Be careful, however, not to dwell much upon the angels, as all glory belongs to God. The ministry of angels is only (1) one reason we should not entertain any feelings of fear.

The Sovereignty of God is another reason we should not fear. Our God is sovereign or all mighty, or all powerful, or supreme in power, or Omnipotent. Our God is also good. Since God is sovereign and good, we should not be afraid of anything. It is written, all things work together for good, to them that are called, and to those that love God.  It is also written, God is for us. It is also written that God will never leave us or forsake us.

To fear is the antithesis (opposite) of faith. To fear is to say, in effect, “I do not think God is sovereign; I do not trust Him nor do I trust His love for me.” WoW!!! When a Christ-ian shows fear God must be offended.

Now that I am thinking about it, let me re-phrase what I have said. A Christ-ian might feel fearful, but his trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty will overwhelm that fear. That is better stated.

To onlookers the Christ-ian will look fearless and for all intents and purposes s/he is. As faith in God throws fear over the top rope. It has been said that the words, “be not afraid” or words similar in meaning are written in Scripture (365) three hundred and sixty-five times. We should infer from that number that we should fear not everyday of the year.

God is greater than any problem we might have; therefore Trust God, trust His goodness and His sovereignty. Trust His promises.

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