#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
You know the feeling that comes from doing the right thing? From following God’s ways even when it seems counter intuitive? The peace that floods your soul, mixed with the thrill of knowing you’re on the winning team and another victory has been gained?
I like that feeling. More than a feeling, it’s a way of living in this world of weeks and days and moments so at risk of going sideways at the next phone call, text, or tweet. I always prefer victory over defeat, but I’m choosy about my victories; having learned to pick my battles helps me to preselect my victories. I want the victories that will carry on into eternity. That’s why Psalm 112 is so cool. It’s kind of a rallying cry for those who want to win in life. It’s a stabilizing charge for those who might sometimes wonder if all the effort of living for Christ is worth it. And it’s a promise from God.
But what kind of a promise? That my heart can be fearless. That it can be steady, firm, confident, and secure in God’s promise. Secure in His presence, really, since Emmanuel is God with us—and not just at Christmas. My heart can find peace even on days that challenge me from every direction. And when my heart is unperturbed I’m pretty much invincible.
But wait! The victory has not yet arrived. It’s just been promised, you say. Right. But the One who makes the promise is a Keeper of Promises! He is “not a man, that He should lie” (Numbers 23:19). And in Christ all God’s promises are yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20).
So I wait. I have a long, long list of promises that I’m still waiting to see fulfilled. Topping that list is the salvation of people I’m trusting God to bring into His eternal kingdom. He can do this. I keep asking, reminding Him that I’m trusting and waiting with confidence and hope. If the reason Jesus came to Earth was to save people from their sins, then He’s on it! And my prayers are my fearless assertion that I trust Him to do what He came to do.
Until then, I need to carry on with life and choose to remember that God is on my side. I’m not giving in to fear or despair or hopelessness. Instead, I’m looking toward the victory when the enemy of my soul is defeated. Crushed. Destroyed. That’s a worthy triumph still to come.
Carol Schafer is an Author and Editor who lives in Athabasca, Alberta. She has published three children’s story books: Lorenzo’s Incredible Leap: A Story of Courage (2012); Grison, the Grumpy, Grouchy Island Goat: A Story of Healthy Choices (2013); and Cloddia’s Desert Dance: A Story of Finding Your Place (2016).