Sunday, April 25, 2010

How can we be afraid?

"The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalm 27:1


The world's opinion of God is that He sits in heaven, an idle and unconcerned spectator of passing events. Is it any wonder that people tremble under any misfortune that befalls them when they thus believe themselves to be the victims of blind chance? None of us can feel secure unless we satisfy ourselves of the truth that God superintends everything that happens in this world, and that we can commit our lives and everything we have to the hands of God.

If we are to enjoy a deep conviction that our Lord is a sure refuge for those who cast themselves upon His care, the first thing we must do is to bank on His power. Along with this we must place full confidence in His mercy to prevent those anxious thoughts which might otherwise trouble our minds. God's power and mercy are the two pillars on which we rest and by which may resist the surges of temptation.

In short, does danger spring up from any quarter? Then let us quickly call to mind the divine power which can send far away every evil force intent on causing us harm.

Why should we fear, how can we be afraid, when the God who covers us with the shadow of His wings is the same One who rules the universe with His nod, holds in secret chains the devil and all the wicked, and effectively overrules their schemes and intrigues?

«JOHN CALVIN»


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