July 15 Fear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 56:1–11

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Paul Tournier, the eminent Swiss doctor, made a profound assessment of the Christian life: “Life is an adventure directed by God.”

The seed of life-changing faith is contained in such a view. It can be the difference between a confident, rewarding life or a timid, fretful one. When you are confronted with perplexity, it can be the hinge upon which swings the response of either fear or faith.

Fear comes when you are overwhelmed by the magnitude or implications of a situation. It swells to paralyzing proportions when you think of the possibility of disastrous consequences. It can submerge you in waves of anxiety and insecurity.

But once you understand and embrace the truth that God is indeed in charge of your circumstances and has equipped you for every challenge, it is amazing how faith in Christ can change your outlook. Life isn’t risk free. God has set a divine course for every believer that He oversees and directs with perfect wisdom and love.

Your faith is in His faithfulness to you, in His power that works on your behalf, in His grace that provides all your needs. God is in charge. Life is an exciting journey in trusting Him as your Guide and Companion.

Begin the adventure today, and drop your fears at His feet. He won’t let you down.

Heavenly Father, here I am with all my fears—giving them to You. You have equipped me for every challenge. I know life isn’t risk free, but whatever path I travel, You determine my destiny.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 206). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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