Prayerful RetreatHow often do you have a “prayerful retreat” with God?
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“Whom Shall I Fear”
Featuring Chris Tomlin
"I know Who goes before me. I know Who stands behind.
The God of Angel Armies Is always by my side"
In 2 Kings, the prophet Elisha finds himself surrounded by the king’s army, charged to kill him. But Elisha was not afraid. His servant was, but the prophet assured him, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 2:16). Elisha could see God’s army, though invisible, surrounding them, and it was much greater than this earthly threats.
Many great men of the Bible found courage in the Lord and had the ability to trust in his army. David is another example. He proclaims in Psalms, “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?” (Psalms 27:1).
Paul believed in this invisible army as well, saying in Hebrews, “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).
Elisha, David, Paul—those who we see as walking closely with the Lord in scripture
often pleaded that we not fear. What did they understand about God that allowed them this strength? Three things: 1.) Our strength is founded in Him. 2.) We are saved by Him. 3.) Victory is His.
My strength is in Your name for You alone can save. Yours is the victory.
When we know that our strength is in God, we no longer rely on ourselves. We don’t rely on ourselves for anything--not that work presentation we’ve been losing sleep over, not the big move we’re about to make, not even the illness we’ve been diagnosed with. We apart from God do not have the strength to overcome obstacles. But if we believe God’s strength is endless, we do not fear our own weakness.
When we know that we are saved, we don’t have to strive to be good enough. We often fear we are making too many mistakes and our sin is too big. But if we believe we are saved and that our salvation is always there, we do not fear our own inadequacy.
When we know victory is His, we do not have to fear evil. In those times when we fear being at the mercy of evil in the form of an abuser or a terrible circumstance or a corrupt leader, we can take comfort in the fact God has already won and this temporary evil is just that: temporary.
God knows our tendency to fear. That is why his Word is full of reasons not to.