Crossroads: Do Not Fear

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Psalm 91:1-6

Your Story

Talk about a time when you were afraid. Did you trust that God was with you?

My Story and the Bible Story

It has been fifteen years since September 11, 2001. For many of us, that was the day that the world changed. It seems like we lost something that day: a feeling of safety and that everything would be fine. I remember watching the planes hitting the towers in disbelief. None of us could believe that something like that was happening in our country. And when the towers fell, it was devastating. There were no words that could help us understand why this happened. All we could do was cry out to God to be with us in our grief. I was sitting in World History class that day, and it was a day that changed our world. Ever since then, fear is something we live with on a daily basis. We have extra security that we have to go through to get on a plane, so that we don’t have to be afraid to fly. We hear about bombings and attacks in other places and we may be afraid to travel or afraid that those things might happen to us. Fear is something we live with. And yet, we can go back to those words written thousands and thousands of years ago.

Read Psalm 91:1-6. From the NIV: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”

These are words of comfort and of hope. God is our refuge. He will cover us with his feathers, and under his wings we will find refuge. What an amazing picture of God. When we are afraid, we can run to God. He will be the place of safety for us. We don’t need to be afraid of anything, because the God who created the universe is our safety. We live in a sinful world, and so there are times when bad things will still happen. And some of these things—9/11, Sandy Hook, Columbine, the attacks in Nice, the terror of ISIS in Syria—will be terrible, terrible things. But the good news is that God has our backs. No matter what happens, even if something terrible happens to us, we will always be with God. Nothing and nobody can pull us out of God’s hand. God holds us to Him and is our refuge. We have no need to fear the terror of the night because God is there. We can trust that God will never leave us. As we remember 9/11, may we also remember that, on that terrible day, God was there. God was with us then and God is with us now. God is always with us, ready to be our refuge and our strength. No matter what happens, God’s love is more powerful than anything else.

Discussion

• If you have elementary-aged children and above, talk to them about where you were on 9/11 and how you felt.
• Ask your children about times when they are afraid.
• Talk about how God promises to always be with us and about how God comforts us (through others, when we pray and feel a peace, etc.).

Prayer

Thank God for being our place of safety. Ask God to help us not be afraid, to help us remember that God is always with us.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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