Have No Fear
HAVE NO FEAR:
Verse to read: Psalm 23:4
A few years ago, some friends and I took a canoe trip through a canyon in the Rocky Mountains. I was quite excited about this adventure because this was a new experience for me. I had never been to the Rockies and certainly never dreamed of having the opportunity to ride a river through a canyon.
As we drove to the starting point, however, feelings of fear came over me. My nerves were getting tense as the departure time drew near. And what set me on edge even more was that the guys were telling stories about their last adventure on the same river. They discussed with amusement the fun they’d had on the white rapids and how the canoe had tipped as the rapids grew turbulent. Those stories may have been amusing to them. But this city boy was beginning to wonder whether this trip was for me. Just then a friend of mine, an experienced tour and hunting guide who knew the mountains, saw the apprehension on my face. “Don’t worry, Jason,” he said, “you’ll share my canoe.” In that moment, the fear left me. My thoughts were no longer focused on the potential danger, but on the dependable person who would be sharing the danger with me.
Those rapids had a tumultuous ride in store for me, and even a certain amount of danger. In the same way, this world can be a dangerous place where darkness and death confront us. But in the Psalms, David reminds us of the One who walks through the darkness with us: “…I will fear no evil, for you are with me….” (v. 4). When we choose to walk with our heavenly Father, we have nothing to fear. We are safe with Him, regardless of the danger. When you find yourself in a frightening place, keep your eyes ono the Master and have no fear He is with you.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were overwhelmed by fear?
Who would you like to have in your raft with you?
How can you model the strength of the Father to your coaches and team?
Extra Bible reading: Joshua 1: 9 and Isaiah 43 :1
Posted on Thu, February 2, 2017
by Jason Bernick