He Will Calm Your Fears

Friday, February 1, 2019

“For the Lord your God is living among you.  He is a mighty savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness.  With his love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

One of the biggest attacks of the enemy of our souls is to try to get us fearful.  It’s an insidious attack, because it can sneak up on us, paralyzing and demoralizing us when we least expect it.  It can even make us physically ill and render us ineffective in our prayer life and in our work for the Lord.  Now, apprehension and worry can be based on some sobering realities—realities that we are constantly bombarded with thanks to the present-day 24-hour news cycle.  But fear doesn’t come from God.  That’s why the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said that “God has not given us a spirit of fear.”

One of the best ways to offset anxious thoughts is found in the Old Testament book of Zephaniah.  Zephaniah was prophesying about impending judgment on God’s people, so the people really had a reason to be afraid.  But the prophet also spoke about the eventual restoration of his people; and he presented a beautiful picture of God when he said, “With his love, he will calm all your fears.”

Acknowledging, accepting, celebrating and proclaiming the love of God will calm our anxious thoughts.  We have to think:  How could my heavenly Father, who loves me and who has all power, let anything happen to me?

I remember the time when I was a kid and the tide pulled me out as I played in the water at the beach.  I quickly started to panic, but my dad saw me and swam out to where I was.  I was struggling, but the minute my father put his arms around me, I knew I was safe and sound; and I no longer had any fear.  The water was still there, and I was still a little boy, but having my father hold me in his arms, calmed my fears.

If instead of peace and joy, you are experiencing nagging thoughts of fear and impending doom today, embrace the love of your heavenly Father and give notice to Satan: “You’re a liar!  God loves me, and I am resting in his love.”

Let’s pray:  We put our trust in your name, Lord.  Your name is love.  We receive your love today.  Wrap us in your arms of love.  No more anxiety, no more fear, for perfect love casts out all fear. Thank you, Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen!

Read Zephaniah 3:14-20

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