I feel like I have always had worries and fears. Maybe everyone does. When I was 2 months old, my father died in a car accident. I don’t remember this, but as I was growing up, I was always worried and feared that I would lose my other parent.After getting married and having kids of my own, I would worry about losing my husband or my children. A couple of years ago when the Ebola virus was rearing its ugly head in the US and hitting too close to home, having a possible patient at the hospital where I work, that fear really took hold. A good friend of mine reminded me of God’s promises in Psalm 91.
91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
Meditating and holding on to these promises, I was able to let go of the worry and the fear. I do not need to be afraid. The bible says, “No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling,” and “He shall give His angels charge over you.” Now, every time that fear tries to come back, I remind myself of what God says in His word and that His word does not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).
I encourage you to read this passage and commit it to memory. When worry and fear tries to come in, you can pull out your sword (that is the Word of God) and destroy what the enemy wants to use to bind you. God’s word is alive and sharper than any two-edged sword. It is a mighty weapon that anyone can wield.
A guest blog by our dear friend Jessica Nelson.