Charles Spurgeon told a story of how during a sudden storm a woman on a ship became very terrified. She was so distraught that she found her husband, who happened to be the ship’s captain, and said, “I don’t understand how you can be so calm while I am totally terrified.”
Her husband calmly walked across his quarters and picked up his sword. He took it and aimed it at the center of her chest, but she only laughed. Then he asked, “Why aren’t you afraid of this sword? It could slay you in less than a minute.”
His wife replied, “I am not afraid of a sword that is wielded by the hand of my husband.”
“Then neither am I,” said the captain, “afraid of a storm in the hand of my heavenly Father.”
In 2 Timothy, Paul writes, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity [fear], but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). This is the same Paul who was stoned and left for dead, who was beaten to the point of death, and who was rejected and imprisoned. Yet in 2 Corinthians, he wrote:
For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus (2 Corinthians 7:5-6).
The security of God’s close presence, the warmth of His words to us, and the visitation of a friend are like a cup of cool fresh water in the heat of a fierce battle. God’s love brings hope to our hearts.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need Your words of encouragement today. The world is pressing in on me, but I know You are in total control. I thank You that Your perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Help me to be a comfort to others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:14).