"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over." - Psalm 23:4
With everything going on in the world, the spirit of fear appears to be running rampant. We lock our doors for fear of a home invasion, we keep pepper spray or a gun on us when we walk through a questionable area of town, some of us even check under our beds and in our closets for anything scary; how strong is the spirit of fear!
It's not just an individual struggle, though; we as a nation also have a problem with fear. The very idea of a nuclear attack or bombing from another country sends the entire population in an uproar. Fear of a declining economy, increasing debt, and an oppressive government are fears that run rampant among us as a nation. We put so much stock in what we're afraid will happen that we don't stop and remember that God is bigger than all of that and that He takes care of His people.
Psalm 118:6 reminds us, "The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" We should always have that mentality- what can man do to me? This verse tells me that I don't have to be afraid of man or anything from man because the Lord is with me. We serve a God that protects His people; we need only have faith.
God is always with you; He will never abandon you so there is no reason that you should fear anything. The things of this earth are no match for such an amazing and powerful God- "No weapon formed against you shall prosper..." Isaiah 54:17 is pretty clear that there is no weapon made that you can't defeat with the Lord's help. We need to hold tight to the fact that God is always there with us- and with the Lord there, we have a shield that can withstand anything this world has to throw at us.
This devotion came from the heart of Nealey Sims. I hope you have a fantastically blessed day!