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God’s presence brings peace to our fear

Derek Harden • May 10, 2020 at 7:30 AM

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My children are getting older but I can still remember times when they would cry out for help in the middle of the night. There were times they would be fearful because of a bad dream, an odd noise in the house, or the unknown that was lurking in the darkness. Their mind and heart raced with fear, but they began to relax once I was by their side. You see, my presence calmed their fears and gave them peace. They were able to rest because I was with them.

In a season of challenge, difficulty and plenty of fear, I think we need to remind ourselves that we are not alone. Peace is not the absence of adversity but the presence of an ally. As a follower of Jesus, my peace and rest are found in His constant presence.

King David understood the key to overcoming fear. In Psalm 23 we read, “Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Did you catch that? David’s lack of fear was not attributed to his powerful army or to a weak enemy. In the face of great danger, David didn’t give in to fear because God was with him, and this reality empowered him to move forward to victory.

This is the same exhortation God gave Joshua as he took over the leadership responsibilities from Moses in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

There it is again. God’s presence brings peace to our fear. If you are navigating anxiety, worry or fear, take heart — you are not alone. The key to overcoming your fear is not willpower or a self-help book, but the presence of the living God! Take a moment to thank God for His promise to never leave you or forsake you, and then ask Him to show you how near He is in your current circumstance.

Derek Harden is lead pastor at Christ Fellowship Church in Kingsport.

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