It is during uncertain times like this that Christians can be especially thankful that we have a sure Word from God which reminds us of God’s goodness and providence in His world. The Bible has a lot to say about “fear.” In one sense Christians and indeed all persons should “fear” the Lord, for God is mighty and sovereign and holy: “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!” (Psalm 33:8). At the same time, Christians are those who most certainly do not live in fear. Why? Because God is indeed might and sovereign and holy. Psalm 46:1-3 reads:
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
Since God is our “refuge” and “our strength” and a “very present help in trouble,” we have no reason to fear. In these verses it appears that the Psalmist envisions the very ground beneath one’s feet shifting. It is a wonderful thing to have such a mighty and sovereign and holy God. It is a good thing that even when the ground underneath the Psalmist’s feet is giving away, he could trust in our good God. And we today can do the same. The “therefore” of verse 2 is important. It is because of who God is–a refuge, a strength, a very present help–that we need not fear. In times like these, it is essential to remember who God is. For then we need not fear.
Dr. Brad Green
Professor of Theological Studies
Union University Jackson, TN