Tuesday, October 27, 2015

God's promises is the face of fear

This God—his way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30 (RSV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid John 14:27 (RSV)

The Bible is filled with promises that God has made to us, and the book of Psalm contains many of those promises.

Although Psalm was written by different authors, the majority of the songs were written by David, king of Israel, who lived about 1040 to 970 BC. David was a warrior, and many of his psalms are pleas for help, and shouts of victory in the context of war. I have never been in any kind of physical combat. I do not understand the oppression and fear of combat because I have never experienced it.

War changes everyone’s life, not just the lives of soldiers. I suspect that the biggest fear that people have when countries are at war is the changes that will happen in their lives. The changes that result from war confirm that our futures are uncertain. Families and societies are changed forever when soldiers are maimed or killed, laws become oppressive, and governments are overthrown.

This is why the promises in the verses above are so important. God’s promises are eternal and they will never fail. God is our shield, and He gives us peace when the ever changing earthly future frightens us.