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"No Need to Fear"

August 17, 2003

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The LORD is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1

Why are so many Christians haunted by fear? Some live with fears they have never faced.

Worry is a form of fear. We do not like to admit that we are afraid we may lose our job, fail to get a promotion, or pass an examination. So we often disguise our fear by fretfulness over details.

A woman once gave a friend a motto that read, "Those who worry do not trust; those who trust do not worry." The friend was hurt because she resented the implication she was a worrier. But she had never realized that her excessive concern with personal problems spelled out the word worry!

At times we can become very much concerned about physical safety, spiritual development, school progress, etc. Worry can so upset us that we lose our grip on ourselves and go to pieces.

Why should Christians be afraid to stumble if Christ is the light that illuminates their paths? Why should they be afraid they cannot hold out against temptation and trial if God is the strength of their life? "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all -- how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32). God is all we need for life and growth and comfort and safety!

PRAYER: Let not worry take the joy of Your presence out of our lives, dear Lord. Teach us to trust You no matter how uncertain the future may be. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 45-47    1 Corinthians 10:19-33

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