Fear No Evil

January 21 | Psalm 23:4; 1 John 4:18

“Even though I walk through the valley of the deep shadow of gloom and death, I will not fear evil because You are with me, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

“There is no fear in love, rather perfect love casts out fear because there has to do with punishment, but the one who fears has not been matured in love.” (1 John 4:18)

Fear runs rampant in our culture, all around us. Some people feed on people’s fears. Everything from heights to spiders. And one I don’t understand, water. It’s a real thing. It seems we create fears, and some of them are completely unreasonable.

What are you afraid of? You don’t have to be afraid. David said even though he walked through the valley of the shadow of death he wasn’t afraid of the evils that lingered there.

The reason? God’s presence went with him everywhere he traveled. He knew the Shepherd’s tools of the rod and staff were his comfort. The rod keeps the sheep in line and headed in the direction the shepherd wishes. The staff with its rounded end pulls them away from harm.

God’s presence and protection goes with you. You need not fear the evil that lurks around the corner. There’s no punishment for God’s children. You live free of God’s wrath. Even in the shadow of death God comforts each of us.

Action Step: Live free in God’s comfort and protection. When you feel fear, turn to God for comfort and courage. God foresees everything in your life. His presence and protection are yours wherever you go.

Jesus, when I am afraid, I look to you. You protect me on every side. You guide me in your path. You comfort me in every situation. Thank you for your perfect love that casts out my fear.

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