Comfort in the face of fear

Posted on November 14, 2015 · Posted in Current Events, Wisdom, Worldview

Paris:
cafes,
a concert,
a football match,
shots,
explosions,
non-stop media,
equals terror.

Now exchange the name of your city for Paris. Suddenly terror becomes personal.

The Holy Spirit authored Scripture knowing exactly what fears you would face this night. The face of terror is ugly and unnerving. Cafes, concerts and sporting events are common experiences that we share with the people of Paris. Our prayers unite with those coming from Paris. We could just as easily share their terror as well.

But God speaks to us in his word, bringing comfort in the face of fear. He knew that there would be people who claim that our God cannot save us. Terrorist attacks or not, our God is our shield, our deliverer. The Holy Spirit through David tells us we can find rest this night, even in the face of terror.

Like David, we can sleep in peace, confident that our God will sustain us no matter what may happen, no matter how many line up to attack us. Call out to your God. Rest in his word.

Sleep in peace because your God neither slumbers nor sleeps.

Psalm 3
Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.