“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6
Read this verse over and over. What is the God whispering to you?
The whisper I hear this morning is “I am with you.” It is words of comfort and strength. That is what our Psalmist is saying. If God is with me who can be against me? There is deeper context as well, what can man do to me? It is an understanding that if they beat him or even kill him that he lives on with God. So, there is no need to fear. Either he wins, or he wins.
That is what trust looks like. An understanding that God is more than we need. That under his protection what is supposed to happen will and it will be for our good. We will conquer, or we wont but either way it will be good. We will live, or we will die either way we gain. There is no fear in trusting God. We don’t have to be afraid because God has us.
It is easy to say but I struggle with living it. Fear creeps into my life constantly. Fear of loss, fear of failure, and fear of the unknown. Fear of being wrong, fear of being misunderstood, and fear of judgment. I have a fear of sin. This is just to name a few. But all my fears melt away when I spend time with God in prayer. This is the time that I am reassured that I’m not alone and God is with me. I will admit that there are times that I don’t feel the presence of God. There are times that I feel alone, and I feel like a failure. In those moments I must trust that God is with me.
I need to be in control and under control. This is a problem for me because being Christian means we are not in control, God is. So, needless to say, I struggle all the time. It isn’t easy letting go. It isn’t easy to blindly trust. It isn’t easy to live outside of self. The key to surviving out of control is in our verse. “The Lord is with me…”
We don’t need to be in control if God is in control. If God is in control what can happen? Well, of course, I can think of lots of things that can happen that I don’t want to happen. The key is to understand that even if the worse happens we still have God on our side. Even if the worst-case scenario happens, God still loves us and we have a heavenly reward waiting for us on the other side.
Our earthly existence is not meant to be paradise. If it was why would we need to hope for heaven? Don’t get comfortable. We don’t want to get comfortable. If we do, we will never make it home. Trust that the Lord is with you. This gives us the freedom to love out our God given purpose.