August 4 - Facing Our Fears

By Sylvia Stewart

Today's Scripture: Psalm 27: 1-6

Central Thought: Our fears wane in the bright stronghold of God's presence.

    When I was five playing 'house,” I pushed a wire into an electrical socket, which blew the circuit breaker for the whole house. My brother and cousins found the door and fled, screaming downstairs. I was left alone in velvet darkness to pound along the wall, toward the door. 'Mama! Daddy! I want out!” I screamed over and over.

    Daddy leapt up the stairs, found me in the dark, and wrapped his arms around me. Only then did my fear subside, because I knew my father loved me and would take care of me—even in terror-filled darkness.

    'The greatness of our fear shows the littleness of our faith” (Live, 'Reflections,” March 15, 1992). When Jesus challenged a father's fear regarding the healing of his demon-possessed son, he cried out in tears, '. . . help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

    We come into the light of God's love and the power of His presence only when we determine to trust Him. Then our fears subside. Today, let the brightness of His presence show you the fastness of His fortress and the depth of His great love for you.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to trust You and Your plan for my life. Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23; I Corinthians 1:1-17; Psalm 27:1-6; Proverbs 20: 20-21