“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4 NIV
Do airplane rides make you scared? Every time the flight crews stand on the isle to show passengers how to use the life vest, I always hope and pray that I will never get to use it during the flight. Honestly, fear will slowly creep in me.
I know people who are very brave, but not met one that is truly fearless. We all have fears. We all get scared every now and then.
For some people, fear comes from not knowing what is ahead. For others, it is caused by realizing what they lack. Others, it is simply an event that left an imprint in their mind that cause them to crumble or hide behind the curtains every time they face the same situation in life.
In the book of Psalms, we find the most comforting verses that will erase our fears. In verse 4 of Psalm 23 says “Even though I walk through the darkest valley…”, other translations says “Even though I walk through the valley of death, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL…”
Death—who is not scared to die? Where did psalmist got this courage that even death did not give him fear?
It is by knowing that there is a Shepherd who comforts him, who protects him. Knowing the Shepherd erases fear, even fear of death. The Sheperd is Jesus, who willingly died for us. He has promised all who believes in Him eternal life…life after death.
My last flight awakened fear in me, hearing some squeaks here and there. The pilot did not manage to have a smooth landing and I was sure most passengers thanked God we landed safely. More than my fastened seatbelt, it is a comforting thought that I have my Shepherd who protects me all the time.
What gives you fear?