Fear Ends Here

In God I trust;
I will not be afraid.
  —Psalm 56:11

“The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield’” (Gn 15:1).

It’s a hostile world; fear is chronic. Not only to Abram, but also to Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Mary, Paul, and John God said, “Don’t be afraid.” He knew their names and their fears.

He also knows your name and your fears.

Psalm 56 has twin back-to-back verses: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you” (v. 3); “In God I trust; I will not be afraid” (v. 4). But they aren’t identical twins—notice the difference: in verse 3, fear comes first, then trust; in verse 4, trust comes first, eliminating fear before it appears.

Fear ends where trust begins.

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