Have you ever let your fear make a decision for you? Have you ever stayed home, not gone on vacation, not flown on a plane or not attended an event in a stadium, or mall, because of the news reports of possibly impending disaster--terrorist attacks, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, crime rate, etc? I have.
There have been many tributes broadcast lately in the news to those who survived, and to those who gave their lives in the terrorist attacks on our country on 9-11-01. I am inspired by their testimonies, but the thought of what they went through also creates fear in me if I let myself dwell on it. I have to stop my thoughts from descending into fear, and instead remind myself of Psalm 91:11. "For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways." Now that is a wonderful promise! If I truly believe it I will not fear going anywhere, or doing anything. How can I fear when angels are watching over me to protect me? Isn't it interesting to note the number of the chapter and verse where this if found? It seems God's antidote to the fear of 9-11-01 is found in 91:11.
The Psalm begins with, "Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, "You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you."
So there is a prerequisite. I have to go to Him--to put my life in His hands and to trust Him. When I do, He reassures me that He has sent His angels to watch over and protect me. How can I fear when myriads of angels (Hebrews 12:22) are at His disposal to keep me safe?
What a great promise for us in these times when frightening news seems ever to be in the headlines!
Please, Lord, help me always to turn to You and to trust Your word that you have angels protecting me. I truly do not have anything to fear.