It was morning and I had had a fitful night’s rest prior to waking up. The weeks prior to this day had been crammed full of caring for others, a couple of trips, lots of study, sickness and then the emotional drain all that brings. Now I found myself staring at yet another hardship and the day had barely gotten started.
The blessing of this moment was that I was also in my normal spot first thing in my day – I was in my Quiet Place. My Bible was open and I was thirsty for its Living Waters. I opened to a Psalm I’d been meditating on for several days – Psalm 63. It comforted my heart to do what the psalmist had done and stop and remember all that God been and accomplished for me in recent days. Ii was reminded of His goodness.
Then I went on to Psalm 64:1
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
It was as though I could literally hear the brakes squalling, bringing my fretfulness to a complete stop! The psalmist was asking God NOT to deliver him from the enemy, but from the fear of the enemy. The Lord showed me at that moment that here was my problem – I was fearful of what the enemy might do, of what the enemy could do, of what the enemy was thinking of doing. The enemy is powerless before my God! I was jumping the gun and just having fear OF THE ENEMY. Our enemy doesn’t have to do anything if we can be filled with fear about what they might do!
What is your fear today? Usually we fear something that hasn’t even happened yet. We fear
- a poor blood test before the blood is drawn
- our children leaving home before they’re even grown
- running out of money when we retire before we ever even retire
- what someone might do to sabotage our plans before the time for those plans has come
The list is endless. But the point is that we fear things that haven’t come yet, so it’s not that thing that’s causing the fear, it’s the fear of what might be! It’s a fear of NOTHING because we’re imagining everything. It’s a futile, empty circle that only leads us to the pit of despair.
I dropped to my knees and asked God to forgive me for fearing what had not even come. I put the matter at His feet. I then asked for direction for the day. I now had a purpose for the day ahead because the fear was no longer blocking my view of God’s plan for my day. I moved on in victory over the fear of the enemy.
My day was productive.
My heart was joy-filled.
My burden was lifted.
Do you have a fear of the enemy today? Recognize it and then repent. No child of God should be living with fear striking terror and dread in your heart. Christ is victorious over this fear, and you have victory, too!
Do you deal with fear of the enemy? How will you deal with it today?