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Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 118:6 (NLT): “The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Talk about a positive perspective! The verse I have chosen for today is the utterance of a man who wasn’t afraid of people and had a substantive reason for his courage.

The reason for his courage? He said: “The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.”

Now, we have to be so careful when we look at those words. Why? Because when we read them, we may come to the erroneous conclusion that we’re the ones calling the shots, and we want the Lord on our side. 

The question is not, “Is the Lord on my side?” The question is, “Am I on the Lord’s side?”

“The Lord is for me” are the words of the psalmist who is living his life for the Lord. He was regularly seeking forgiveness and cleansing from the Lord when they stumbled into sin. As he followed the Lord and joined the Lord’s side, he knew that the Lord was on his side and for him.

And, when the Lord was for him, he didn’t need to be afraid. Mere mortals would have to deal with the Lord if they wanted to do anything to the psalmist.

Does this mean that people will never hurt us? Does this mean we will be protected from all undesirable things?

Nope. God was on Jesus’ side, and yet He was constantly mistreated and maligned by the Pharisees and was eventually tortured and killed on the cross.

A Christian doesn’t believe that following the Lord makes them immune to all pain and suffering. Instead, they realize that whatever people can do to them MUST be initiated or allowed by their loving Heavenly Father. It has to come from or through His hands before it reaches us.

So, even though others may cause trouble for us, we realize that God has to allow it for His own purposes. And since it came from Him, we can rest in the fact that He will be with us in the trials. We further realize that He desires to use those difficulties to make us more like Jesus.

It is in this sense that we fear no man when we fear the Lord.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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