Never Fear Shadows

The Scottish preacher, John McNeill, related how, as a young boy, he worked late on Saturdays.

To reach home, he would have to walk through seven dark, dangerous miles on a road that was known for robbers and thieves.

“One Saturday, it was past midnight before I finished my work and left for home. Two miles out of town, the road got blacker than ever. There were high, wooded hills on the right, and high, wooded hills on the left. The night was as black as a wolf’s paw.

I was sixteen years old. I was moving along so fast that my feet hardly touched the ground. Then, suddenly, twenty yards in front of me, so it seemed, there rang out a great, strong, manly voice.

‘Is that you, Johnny?’ And, for a moment I couldn’t really have told you my name! And then, I recovered.

That was my father come to meet me at the worst of it! His voice first startled me, and then delivered me from all my fears.

The night became light around me! His hand on my shoulder, his voice in my ear, and his feet rising, falling on the road beside my own, I feared no evil, for he was with me. I can’t tell you any more about the road home that night. Why? Because I was good as home right there. All that makes home home was with me!”

David declared, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear not evil; for You are with me.”

“Fear” means “frightened, afraid, and dreadful.”

Also, the word “fear” comes from the Old English word for danger - 'fær' Merriam Webster Dictionary.

David refused to be afraid in the midst of danger, because He knew Who was with him.

A man met his pastor one day on the street, and after the usual exchange of pleasantries, the man told his pastor of his fear and anxiety due to his journey in life.

He said, “I tell you, Pastor, it’s enough to make a man lose his religion.”

After a moment’s reflection, the pastor said, “Seems to me, it’s enough to make a man use his religion!”

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” - Ruth E. Renkel.

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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