Why I Do Not Fear The Future

Have you felt afraid this week? Have you read the headlines reporting wars and gridlock and stripped freedoms and financial gloom and felt your courage melt? Have you suddenly noticed the world in which your children are maturing and found your strength waning? Have you looked to the future and experienced the panic of the unknown?

This world is a scary place! (Thank goodness it is not our permanent home!) But since we are going to be here for a while longer, let’s start this week by reading Psalm 46 and reminding ourselves why we do not have to be afraid. Do you remember how it goes?

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,     the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations He has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Now go back and re-read verse 2. Even though the earth gives away; even though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea; even though the mountains quake with their surging, “We WILL NOT fear!” Why? Because God is our fortress!

God is not caught off-guard by the things that happen on this planet. Wars and crisis are nothing new to Him. He has seen it all before. And even though He allows us to continue to make a mess of this world, He promises to stay with us as we travel through it. And one day – one glorious day – He will make things right down here once and for all.

Let’s stop right now and thank God that even though we don’t know what the future holds, we know who holds the future!

For more insight on this Psalm, be sure to check out this terrific devotion written by Charles Swindoll.

courage

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