“Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous… Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.” (Psalm 25)
ISIS is all over the media now. News releases have come out showing ISIS infiltrating Afghan preschools and teaching children as young as 3 in the ways of Jihad. 5 year-olds are holding weapons while reciting their duty to “kill all the infidels.” Satan is running rampant and probably reveling in the number of lives he’s destroyed.
What I pray not to see is mass panic. As Christians, we must stand firm in God’s word and His word states that he’s already defeated death, hell, and sin. Jesus has already overcome. Yes, we live in a dark, broken, and sinful world, but our hope is not in man. Our hope is in the one who was perfect and yet took on all the sins of the world. His perfect love covers us now, so why be afraid?
Satan thrives on fear, I believe it’s his only weapon. Whether it be fear of not being accepted, or a fear of not belonging. At the root of it, I think that’s what we’re all afraid of; being alone. But David, a man after God’s own heart said, “The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.” (Ps. 25:14)
What I find so amazing about the Christian faith is that once one has accepted Christ, they are not only saved from eternal damnation, but accepted into a loving family. It appeals to the deepest desire in man to belong. This is why we must stand strong and courageous, having faith in who our father is. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12). Scripture says that “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). We must fight fear with love.
“May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you” (Ps. 25) Let us wait on the Lord, abiding in his perfect peace which surpasses understanding.