God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear thought earth gives way, through the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling (Psalm 46:1-3).
A sturdy truth: God is present, very present.
Response: Therefore we will not fear. Never.
Even if: the earth gives way, the mountains crumble into the sea, the sea itself roars and foams and cause the earth to shake. Still, we will not fear. We will not fear.
Trouble can, does and will happen. It can go from bad to worse. But because God is a very present help, the singular resolve of my heart is this: I will not fear. Not even if cataclysmic events cascade around me (or even if a bunch of little things pile up and cast a shadow of threat).
I will not fear. I may lose everything, but I cannot lose if I will not fear.
The Lord is transcendent, greater than and existing over every and all temporal concern.
There is nothing to fear – but Him – and He’s here to help.
The human heart is quick to fear, a result (I suppose) of the fall.
Fear is the condition of the heart when it has lost consciousness of God.
It is why Jesus never was afraid. Except perhaps for that one instant, “Eloi, eloi lama sabachthani” – when for a moment of eternity He took upon Himself the abandoned, fearful heart of an orphaned people. Jesus bore our fear.
It is why “fear not” or its likeness is one of the most often repeated imperatives in scripture.
The prescription for fear is a deep awareness of God, that He is a very present Help.
The nearness of God, the conscious awareness that He is very, fully present leads my heart to this resolve: I will not fear.
Fear not, and thanks for reading,