Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. Psalm 23:4 (TPT)
When I had a high fever as a child, I would have hallucinating dreams that all the furniture in my bedroom was larger than life. For years, it was a recurring dream every time I was sick. It would terrify me. I was convinced it was taking over the room and that I would be consumed by its size. I would cry out to my parents for help. One of them always came in and assured me everything was ok. Sometimes they would sit with me until I fell back asleep. That’s what parents do.
Fear makes circumstances seem larger than life and causes you to believe you’re too small to handle it. You can feel suffocated and overwhelmed. My perception as a child was only a dream—it was not reality. Fear hallucinates your situation. It ALWAYS exaggerates. When we ask for God’s help, He comes in as a Father and shows us the furniture is actually small and we are big enough to handle it. King David says later in this passage, “The comfort of your love takes away my fear.” Rest in that place. You’ll see there was nothing to fear after all.
- Take a moment and surrender to the Lord any fear you currently face.
- Now that you’ve given that to Him, look at your situation through His perspective.
DECLARATION: Fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
Devotional contributor: Tim Spirk