What are the things you’re worried about? The economy? Your health? Your bills? Your kids? The fact is there are lots of reasons to be afraid in today’s world, but God’s promise is that, even in your darkest valleys, he is walking beside you.
It’s interesting to note that there are 365 verses in the Bible that say, “Fear not.” God provided us with one “fear not’ message for every day of the year! I think God is saying, “Get the message. Don’t be afraid.”
Why? Because our hurts and hang-ups can often cause us to think that God is out to get us, that all he wants to do is condemn us and punish us. But that simply isn’t true and Jesus is the proof of that.
When you understand God’s grace and mercy, then you have no need to fear the future. Jesus has taken the penalty for everything you’ve ever done wrong or will do wrong. He paid for it on the cross.
So when a bad thing happens, you don’t have to think, God’s getting even with me; instead, remember, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 NLT)
—From Rick Warren’s daily devotional
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