March 13, 2019

Psalm 27:1-6:  “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?” vs. 1

Fear is probably the greatest obstacle any of us face in the course of our lifetimes. It stifles our curiosity, undermines our adventures, and sabotages our good intentions. Fear paralyzes! While the benefits of healthy fear are obvious and prudential living is to be encouraged, too often fears can keep us from being our best selves. The psalmist knew about fear too, and had learned to lean on the Lord for his salvation. He boldly proclaims that when the Lord is one’s stronghold, there’s no need to be afraid of anything. Theoretically many of us would agree … and we’ve even learned not to be afraid of death. But it’s the little fears that plague us: the fear of missing a putt, the fear of being rejected in a relationship, the fear of looking foolish before our peers. Could it be that trusting in the Lord can keep us from even those kinds of fears? There’s no reason why it can’t work … if we can trust that God gives life in the face of death, surely we should be able to find that kind of confidence in other areas of life too. Some people can! We can see it in the way they walk and talk with assurance along the Way. They don’t care about failure … they laugh at their mistakes … they have no fears. It really is the best way to live.

Thought for the Day: How can I learn to be confident in all I do?