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A Shelter From Fear

Lord, have mercy on me; all day long the enemy troops press in. So many are proud to fight against me, how they long to conquer me.

But when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in you. Yes, I will trust the promises of God. Psalms 56: 1-3 (TLB)

Dawn Rachel Carrington lives in South Carolina. As the tornado warning appeared on her television screen, her legs began to shake. She didn't have a shelter or even a place inside her home where she could stand against a powerful storm. Panicked, Dawn rushed into the hallway and fell to her knees, crying and praying that the violent winds would pass her by. Minutes later they had, and her unstable world was made right again.

For many years Dawn has carried this debilitating fear of major storms. As a Christian, she wonders why she can't just put her trust in the Lord as she is supposed to do. Doesn't her fear show lack of faith? But fear is a human emotion, and even the strongest Christian experiences it at one time or another.

In Psalm 56, David cries out to God because he fears his enemies. He doesn't hide his need for protection. He isn't ashamed to reach out to God for shelter. He admits he's facing a battle he can't handle on his own. Reading Psalm 56 always calms Dawn.

Though we are children of God, there is much in life that can scare us. Though we put our faith in God, we can't deny our human emotions. But we can reach out to God when we are overwhelmed, hurt, or afraid - and we can trust that God will always be there to listen and to calm our fears.

Prayer: Dear God, calm our fears and help us to remember that you are with us. Fill us with the peace that only you can give, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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