No Fear ~ January 4

No Fear

None!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

This is one of my favorite Bible verses. To my way of thinking, the five words near the middle  of the verse sum up what faith in God is all about—I will fear no evil—and the five words that follow—for you are with me—validate them.

Fear is the absolute opposite of faith, and if our faith is strong, we will fear nothing—not even death. We are in the care of the Shepherd, and He watches over us with complete love and care.

The shepherds rod and staff are symbolic in that the shepherd used his in many ways to tend his flock; directing them, pushing forward those that fall behind, and fetching back those that go astray. He also used it to drive away predators, protecting the flock.

God’s word is His rod and His promises and protections are His staff. When, by faith in Him, we place ourselves under His watchful, loving care, we can graze peacefully in the green pastures alongside the still waters, knowing He is ever with us.

When our faith is in Him, we can truly live without fear.

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3 Comments »

  1. Such truths you’ve touched upon here…I don’t know if I ever thought of this concept, “God’s word is His rod and His promises and protections are His staff.” in this way before…yet it makes so much sense. Even more of a reason for me to heed that longing I’ve felt more strongly as of late to get into the word more deeply. Thank you for this encouragement, Charles.

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