We wander into fearful and dangerous situations because we have stopped letting Jesus be LORD of our lives.
The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The LORD protects me from danger – so why should I tremble?
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This psalm asks a couple of questions that teach us a lot about our relationship to God and our behavior in this world. We are reminded that the LORD is our light and salvation. Light is the opposite of darkness. Instinctively people have a fear of the dark. We know that danger and enemies lurk in the darkness. We also know it is much easier to get lost in the dark than it is when it is light. The LORD is our light. He provides us the light that we need to see our enemies and to find our way.
The LORD is our salvation. There is incredible power in that statement. I love the fact that it doesn’t say that I need to do something for the LORD to be my salvation. I don’t need to go anywhere, and I don’t need to become something to receive salvation; the LORD IS my salvation. I just need to accept that, and I am saved.
If the LORD is my light and salvation, what should I be afraid of? The answer is simple; nothing! If we would just embrace this truth we would live such radically different lives. If we could simply accept and believe the fact that Jesus is our light and salvation, we would fear absolutely nothing. That’s the life that I want to live; a life of fearlessness.
The verse goes on to say that the LORD protects me from danger. I know in my heart that if I will just believe God and follow him as my LORD that no danger will befall me. This allows me to respond to His calling in my life without hesitation or compromise. I know that I can walk boldly where He leads because He is not going to allow me to wander into danger.
Our problem is that we sometimes forget that Jesus is more than just our Salvation; He is our LORD. That means that He has the right and obligation to direct our lives. We wander into fearful and dangerous situations because we have stopped letting Jesus be LORD of our lives. If you want to make sure you are kept free from danger, you need to keep Jesus as LORD of your life.
There is a plaque on my desk that says, “The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.” We would be more effective in our Christian lives and ministries if we would truly apprehend this truth. We need more fearless Christians; men and women who will boldly go and do what the LORD directs them to do.
God wants to do spectacular, supernatural things in this world and He is looking for fearless men and women who will rest in the power of His hands as they go where He leads them. Do not fear or tremble; stand up and go; He is right there with you. Jesus, help us to trust in the power of your love.
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