Day 19 – Brave!

2020 VISION | Day 19 | Brave!

“Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up 

of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, 

and he heard me out of his holy hill.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

I will not be afraid…”(Psalm 3:3-6, KJV).

“I do not fear bad news, my heart is steadfast, 

trusting in the Lord”(Psalm 112:7).

Many years ago, when my son Jason was around 5 years old, I had come home from preaching several weeks of revival. As I sat in the den relaxing, Jason bolted through the back door, breathing hard, and with a wild look of fear in his little eyes, he slammed the door and blocked it shut with all his might. I remember asking, “What happening?” He described the horror that was facing him: the neighbor’s basset hound, Freckles, was after him and he was scared to death. I knew that the worst consequence that could come from this encounter was a really good licking from an aggravating puppy. I reassured him that Freckles would not hurt him in any way. For about 10 minutes I watched him turn and look through the blinds to see if Freckles was still there. Suddenly, I watched as Jason stood tall, squared his shoulders and said, I will trust and not be afraid. I found later that he had learned this verse the week before in VBS. He then turned, opened the door and stepped out to face his fear. It works! God’s Word, His Spirit within us, His Son who will one day return to earth to rule and reign have all assured us of how our story will end. We do not need to be afraid of anything if we are truly in Christ. Of all people, we are to live with certainty of a bright future filled with “things ears haven’t heard, eyes haven’t seen, and our hearts haven’t dreamed. Because we know this we can lift our hearts in praise and live a brave life in Christ. For us, there is no bad news! 

Father: Help me never fear any bad news. I rejoice that my heart is steadfast because I trust in You. Let me live filled with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen!