Fear and Protection

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 91

“1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Sometimes our fear is crippling. It paralyzes us in our location. It could be a test or a quiz. Maybe it’s a person we would like to know better. Perhaps it’s a medical scare. It could even be a situation at work. The possibilities are endless.
We can rush to fix the issues and mitigate the risk, but we have to understand the situation first. Otherwise, we may be vulnerable in other areas. Human protection is flawed because humans are flawed. We focus in the wrong areas, we become distracted, and we fall short in so many other areas.
When fear strikes, we cannot allow it to rule our minds. We have to fight back and refuse to allow others to control us. Facing our fears makes them seem infinitely smaller and less intimidating, once we are in the situation. Before, we may want to revisit breakfast, but we are at least moving forward.
When we accept who we are in Christ, we know that we may not always be in for an easy ride. We will have to stand up for our beliefs and convictions. It’s just something we do. Facing our fears is terrifying, but it’s a necessity.
When we ask God for refuge, it is given. God will protect us. We are safe. We are loved. We are valued. We are home. As we tuck under His wing, he shows us love and compassion, along with safety and understanding.
We need to remember that He is always with us, whether we sense His presence or not. He is our Heavenly Father, who knows us and loves us, despite our faults and flaws.
God walks with us always. He goes before us and ensures our path is safe. He holds onto us fiercely and with unrelenting strength. We are His children and His love for us is amazing, along with the grace He extends.
Walk in His presence and ask for His protection. It will be given.

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