God’s Remedy for Fear


As we continue to explore fear, I wanted to provide a quote that provoke thought. Nelson Mandela said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” That’s an inspiring quote, but that’s the thing about that which inspires. It appeals to our emotion invoking energy  to reach a destination beyond our current state but often leaves out the process to get there.

It is for that reason that I love the Word of God and God Himself. God inspires as well as provides the road map and directions of how to achieve the desired result. When fear refers to having a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain whether the threat is real or imagined, God gives us a resolution to fear for those who have been RestoredLet us look to Psalm 91 to see God’s Remedy for Fear.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the Lord, who is my refuge—
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will 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 will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

In verse 5, we see the result of God’s Remedy for Fear.  In verse 1, the psalmist shares the remedy. The verse states the theme of the whole psalm. Those who draw near to God can have peace in Him, however difficult their circumstances.(Ligonier Ministries). There is a great deal more that I could expound on in those first five verses or the rest of the passage for that matter; however, as my friend Thomas says, “Let’s keep the main thing, the main thing.”

Following that admonition, where are you with dwelling in the shelter of the Most High, resting in the shadow of the Almighty? The Most High is a name of God signifying that He is the ruler of all monarchies or angel-princes and Almighty is Shaddai, the Almighty (of God). The battles referred can be equated to the struggles of life. In your life’s struggles, are you in drawing near to God trusting in who He is and what He has promised? If you, like me at times, are still fearing, you must consume God’s Remedy for Fear.

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