As humans we are so used to being independent, always thinking that we can handle whatever comes our way. We have become so accustomed to seeing life from our own natural viewpoint, that we sometimes forget that God is to be in control of our lives as we submit our will to His. But we too often forget and go through life and face adversity so long, we begin to look at things from our own viewpoint and not God’s. We begin to think,” I am afraid I won’t make it through this”. We ask ourselves out of fear- Where the world is the money going to come from? How will I ever overcome this sickness?”” How will my marriage ever stay together”? That may be the way that we as carnal beings think, but that is not the mind of God. When we see the obstacle in front of us that looks too large to overcome, we need to be reminded of the words of David “The battle is not mine; it’s the Lord’s.” As David did, we need to see it, believe it, submit to it, and He will act upon it.
If we look at our problems from God’s perspective, it is like leaving earth on the space shuttle. As the shuttle begins to leave earth’s orbit, the things beneath on earth seem to become small, in fact too small to even see. They are still there, you just can’t see them. This is how God looks at our problems. The earth seems huge until you see it while orbiting in the space shuttle. Then the earth does not seem so big anymore. God created the heavens and the earth, all the universes, stars and galaxies, He can easily handle our problems, and will as we learn to allow Him, trust Him and to become accustomed to seeing life from the “God viewpoint’.
God has instructed us not to fear. It is not a request, but a command that He might bring us comfort in our times of need. The words “Fear not” and “do not be afraid” appear in the Bible almost 200 times.
Peter said … 1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what the world fears; do not be frightened
We are not to be afraid of what the world fears or of anything that the world can bring. His love frees us from that terror. This is repeated in Isaiah 8:12 where He tells us to not embrace the fears of this world of let their fears become our fears but bring the Lord into our hearts and purify our fears with His grace that we might be comforted.” As partakers of His grace and we have no reason to be afraid of anything that can happen to us, or any dangers that this world has to offer up. God is our protector, and he will defeat all the foes before us and vanquish all our fears; he will give us strength to face our trials; and will be with us in even in the valley of death.
He is JEHOVAH-SABAOTH
“The Lord of Hosts, our Protector. God rules the universe and all of creation, the stars, the elements, the galaxies and yes, even small tiny earth. He is the Host of Heaven and will scatter those would fight against us like dust before the wind. Having God in us, with us, and before us as our protector, we have nothing to fear.
He is JEHOVAH-RAAH
“He is our Shepherd who tenderly guides our every step, leading us, watching over us in love and keeping us safe. David said of our Lord in Psalms 23 “The Lord is our Shepherd and we shall not want….”
As we let Him Shepard our hearts our hearts He will deliver us from fear. It is in our nature to dead danger, we fear sickness, we fear death, and we naturally fear the world around us. We fear when our financial affairs are leaning towards bankruptcy; we feel fear when friends are gravely ill and/or about to die. We fear those that would oppress terrorize and destroy our nation. But God promises us that He will keep our hearts in perfect peace if we keep our thoughts and actions directed toward Him-Isaiah 26:3. He will deliver us and our minds will be at peace. We are to have our thoughts directed steadfastly on the love of God, knowing in confidence that nothing or no one can separate us from it. This is covenant and promise of God; He will perform on that promise and do for His righteousness sake as we trust in His Son Christ Jesus- He is our salvation, our righteousness and our justification. He is the atonement for our sins, and as part of that pardon He will supply all our needs and will preserve us and be our protection in all situations.
David wrote “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble: therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof,” Psalm 46:1-3. Let us ever then regard the Lord as holy, just, and good. Let us flee to him in all the trials of the present life and in the hour of death repose on his arm. Every other source of trust will fail; and whatever else may be our reliance, when the hour of anguish approaches, that reliance will fail, and that which we dreaded will overwhelm us. Nor riches, nor honors, nor earthly friends, can save us from those alarms, or be a security for our souls when “the rains descend, and the floods come, and the winds blow” upon us.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you
He will keep us in perfect peace because we trust in Him. We are not to trust our own instincts, not in our own resources and riches, not in our own righteousness, not in own own hearts, not in our own minds: Our trust is to be entirely in the Lord.
John 14:27… Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
His peace is not of this world. What Christ offers here is not what the world usually pursues, such as personal pleasure, fame, or wealth. Many times these things leave us with worries, anxiety, and remorse. Attaining any or all of these things cannot satisfy our soul, or our mind, and they cannot give the peace which our soul needs.
Christ offers us a peace not as the world gives. Many times those in the world can praise you with hollow, empty and flattering words that are not sincere. The world may not be sincere but He is. There are systems of philosophy and false religions, they will profess to give you peace, but they cannot take away sin; they cannot reconcile your soul to God.
Only the peace that is given by an intimate relationship with Christ can give you the peace that meets all the needs of your soul, heals all your open wounds, and calms your troubled heart. His peace is not affected by any external changes, and His peace will abide with you in this world and in the world to come. How precious it is, in a world of anxiety and care, to have this peace. Take comfort in the knowledge that the world can neither give it nor take it away!
He will take that which is undone and mend it together. His is a peace that heals you in the midst of your pain, persecutions, and trials. The peace of Christ Jesus will never leave you; His peace will always be with you. His peace will overcome all of your fears.