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The sequence here is intriguing to me. David says that he moves from fear, to trust, to no fear. The response to fear is to choose to trust. To put one’s trust in God. That led me to wonder the source of fear. It would seem to be trust in the wrong thing, not God. These are some possible things I may be trusting in if I am in fear…
|Fear of||Trust in|
|Illness||Doctors or Medicine|
|Rejection||In those who reject or my ability to engage with them in a manner that does not result in rejection|
|Jail||My jailer, my ability to avoid jail, or my ability to get out through my efforts or my friends’ efforts|
|Death||the one who has threatened, or that I can reason or talk my way out, or my innocence|
One thing became clear. Regardless of the issue, I must be ready to trust God. That does not mean that the event I initially feared will not occur. Hebrews 11:6 becomes operative in the experience. My trusting in Him makes the experience a reward.
I read or heard in a message some time ago that one of the things that leaders of those who are undergoing persecution have said is that they should have prepared their people to suffer more effectively than they did.
In this country, we are incredibly sheltered. That may not last. Preparation may be a good idea.