Remember the story of how David defeated Goliath of the Philistines (see 1 Samuel 17)? A few years later, the Philistines captured David and he wrote about his fear of being in the enemy’s hands. However, he chose on fighting fear by putting his trust in the Lord instead.
David knew that his trust was not misplaced: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”
Now someone in David’s situation might have said, “Well, the Philistines can hurt you and they can kill you.” But Jesus taught his disciples the proper mindset: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:28-31).”
Nothing happens to you without the Lord’s knowledge. Because you are valuable to Him, you have no need to fear what man can do to you. Like David, you are confident that whatever happens is in the Lord’s hands.
This scripture also reminds me of Psalm 91:1-2, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’”
Check your positioning when you are afraid. Are you abiding under the shadow of the Almighty? Make the Lord your hiding place. Scripture tells us that God’s perfect love casts out fear. The Lord does not want any of His children living in fear of man nor circumstances.
Because you are secure in God’s love, you know He will answer you and at the sound of His voice, the enemy has to flee. So whenever you are afraid, put your trust in the Lord and ensure that you are positioned under His shadow, in the will He has for you. There is no safer place to be than the center of God’s will!
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.