This is entirely a matter of faith. We know what it feels like to be oppressed by our fears, real and imagined.
As dark and dangerous as the world can get, we Christians know that we are loved by a faithful God. We are never abandoned. God is indeed a stronghold for us, especially in times of trouble.
Troubled times are not new. Some times are more troubled than others. These troubles are not only of the external kind. We struggle often with interior troubles too. Inner turmoils, and the threats of terrorism, of war, and violence of all kinds are clearly present in our world today. If we depend solely on human powers to defend us from these things, we may find ourselves disappointed. But if we put our faith in God, he will defend us in ways that the pretense of human might will never be able to do. The flesh may perish, but the soul will not. It is our souls that we must be concerned for, even more than our bodies. As Christians, we put our faith in God alone. He will be our stronghold, our mighty fortress against the exterior threats of those who wish to do us harm in any way, and against the interior temptations of the devil. In him we will no longer “fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” (Psalm 91:5)
This is entirely a matter of faith. We know what it feels like to be oppressed by our fears, real and imagined. We know only too well the sense of fear that can overwhelm us in the presence of physical threats of any kind. If we do not have faith in God, we are prone to give in to our fears, to fight or to flee from them in ways that are not productive, or that are wrong in and of themselves. But with faith in God, we can face our fears, or the very real threats, knowing that he is with us, that he will support and defend us, and give us the strength we need to face and to overcome our fears.
Though there is often much to fear, in faith we know that God will never abandon us in our times of trouble, whether those troubles be internal struggles, or external threats. If we truly believe that God is with us and for us, we can face anything with courage, strength, dignity and creative force. There is real evil in the world and it manifests itself in a thousand different ways, small and great. But God is greater than all the powers of evil. He has conquered sin and death. He is the Lord of all. With him, there is nothing to fear.
Holy and mighty are you, O Lord. Heaven and earth are filled with your Glory. By your grace, open our eyes to see your glory, and deepen our faith in your abiding love and faithfulness toward us. We are nothing without you. But everything is possible for us through you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
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