[Editor’s Note: We are forgetful and faithless people, so we need constant reminders of God’s faithfulness. This series of devotional articles will serve as stones of remembrance that God is faithful in every circumstance, even in our struggle with sin, loss, fear, and despair. Learn more about God’s faithfulness by studying his Word and walking in relationship with him through our new Faithful Collection featuring the Give Me Jesus Journal.
The following article includes mentions of panic attacks. This article should not replace seeking help and wisdom from your local church along with professional medical care. Our encouragement is for you to seek counsel from your local pastor, a wise mentor in your church, a licensed counselor, and/or a medical professional.]
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not need.…Though I stroll by way of the valley of the shadow of demise, I’ll concern no evil, for you might be with me…
Psalm 23:1, 4
God’s Faithfulness in My Concern
We have been consuming lunch one afternoon when my daughter yelled for me to return to the eating room. My eight-year-old son, who lives with a incapacity, was choking. I went by way of the all-too-familiar steps to assist unlodge his sandwich, but it surely didn’t work. My husband, who occurred to be working from dwelling that day, rushed in to assist but couldn’t clear our son’s airway. As I dialed 911 and watched my husband desperately attempt to save our son, my solely coherent thought was, “The Lord is my shepherd, the Lord is my shepherd, the Lord is my shepherd.”
When our son’s face turned blue and his physique went limp, we thought we’d actually stroll by way of the valley of the shadow of demise. However after a number of makes an attempt at CPR throughout what appeared like an eternity, simply because the paramedics arrived, our son lastly started to breathe. God graciously preserved his life.
But though he was okay, the concern I encountered throughout this traumatic occasion didn’t subside. Over the following eighteen months, I skilled a number of panic assaults that affected my total physique with crippling concern. Typically the concern got here after I remembered the occasions of the accident—traumatic photographs are tough to erase. Different occasions I confronted concern throughout regular actions. I used to be positive another person in our household would get damage. Concern grew to become a continuing companion. Driving down the interstate, enjoying within the yard, swimming within the ocean, or mendacity in mattress at night time—I couldn’t cease enthusiastic about my son’s near-death expertise, imagining what may have been and what would possibly occur sooner or later.
Would I ever overlook? May I stand on the entrance porch once more with out photographs of my son’s limp physique working by way of my thoughts? Was it attainable to bear witness to trauma and stroll away unscathed?
God had demonstrated his faithfulness in preserving my son. However what did God’s faithfulness to me within the midst of my concern seem like?
We regularly assume God’s faithfulness will imply the removing of concern, or at the least wholesome distance from fearful circumstances. Somewhat than in search of God’s presence after we’re afraid, we attempt to disguise or transfer away from no matter triggers our concern. There’s nothing flawed with this intuition; knowledge and discernment information us from dangerous and harmful circumstances.
However generally, maybe more often than not, God’s faithfulness is demonstrated by way of the methods he offers for us within the midst of our concern. We might not be capable of get away from terrifying photographs, recollections, and even one other traumatic expertise. There aren’t any ensures of fixed security and safety. But we do have a God who faithfully offers when concern strikes at inconvenient occasions. Repeatedly, in the course of the months after my son’s accident, God graciously offered the consolation of his Phrase, the presence of his individuals after I wanted them most, and the ability of the Holy Spirit. Sure, concern was fixed, however so was God’s faithfulness.
David’s phrases, penned in Psalm 23, remind us that God is with us though we stroll by way of the valley of the shadow of demise. He may not take us across the valley or protect us from its darkness. God’s excellent plan for our lives could also be to trudge us proper by way of the center of the longest night time, unspeakable tragedy, or insurmountable loss. Does it imply he isn’t a sort Shepherd? No. Is it proof of his unfaithfulness to his kids? In fact not. A devoted shepherd rigorously tends to his sheep by way of each wilderness, weak publicity, wound, doubt, and darkish night time he permits them to endure.
Have a look at verse 4 of Psalm 23. David says that within the valley, he would concern no evil. No evil. Are you able to even fathom it?
We stay in a fallen world riddled with sin, loss, and demise. Tragic occasions and accidents occur each day. So how can we face the truth of a damaged world with out concern of what would possibly come?
Within the Previous Testomony, Scripture data David’s encounters with evil. He had enemies who sought to destroy him, and he stared demise within the face on a couple of event. David had a lot to concern. But, he was assured in a single factor: God was with him. Even when he went by way of darkness, ache, loss, and concern, he wouldn’t let concern dominate as a result of he knew God’s promise to be along with his individuals—perpetually.
Information of what may have occurred and the notice of what would possibly occur can fill our minds with worst-case situations. However the precise worst-case situation is to be separated from God perpetually. If we’re in Christ—the One who was prepared to be separated from the Father by way of his demise on the cross on our behalf—then we’d like not concern absolutely the worst. Jesus secured our everlasting place. We’re protected perpetually due to him.
We would bear witness to tragedy or trauma that may flood our minds with unforgettable photographs. God may enable us to expertise a fearful circumstance that doesn’t hurt us however does depart us trembling with concern. We could also be referred to as to face by a hospital mattress and watch as one in every of our youngsters fights for his life. But regardless of how horrible, tragic, or terrifying the state of affairs could also be, God stays devoted.
As a result of God isn’t afraid of what occurred prior to now nor unaware of how the long run will unfold, we are able to relaxation in the consolation of his fixed presence when concern grips our hearts.