Faith in God's Word
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.Psalm 23 (The Living Bible)
Angela Peabody lives in Virginia. In April of 1980 her family was caught in a deadly military overthrow of the government. As they took cover from the rapid fire of machine guns on their Liberian home, they recited Psalm 23 repeatedly. Angela recalls reciting verse 4 countless times as the gunfire drowned out their voices. The soldiers shot at the house nonstop for 25 minutes. She knew that her family and herself might perish, but she remained focused on her faith.
The soldiers shot the back door down, and Angela heard the thud of their boots as they entered the house. They finally found them on the floor in the bedroom. Angela prayed quietly and asked God to save them. Her prayer was formed out of the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1 "Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" (NIV). God did not speak to Angela personally that day, but her faith was all she had. When it was all over, she knew how powerful faith in God and God's word can be.
Thirty-eight years later, Angela continues to reference this psalm to her children, her grandchildren, and the women whom she counsels in her work. Whenever she finds herself facing a crisis, she turns to the fourth verse of Psalm 23. No Matter how grave our problem, the Lord will keep us close and give us comfort. We only need to hold onto our faith.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, teach us to stay close to you and to strengthen our faith in your presence, in Jesus' name, amen.