While not surprised, I began to feel those familiar signs of anxiety washing over me. I paused a moment and told myself, "What have you been learning in Sunday School? Has this study of the "fear of man" not taught you anything?" So I turned my eyes to Christ.
Ah, my good Teacher leads me into places where I don't want to go in order to teach me. When I plead, "But, Rabbi, I don't want to do that..." His response is, "Will you follow me?" Lord, it's so much easier to say that I will cheerfully endure struggles than to actually confront them in their practical, real forms. Help me not to fear, Lord, and make me more holy.
"The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?...
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear..."
"...I will fear no evil;
For You are with me..."