John Hagee (January-25-2023) Daily Devotional: Psalm 34:4 - I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
We all have fears. People fear failure, the unknown and change. People fear rejection, which is why they’re willing to morph into what other people believe they should be. People fear conflict, which is why they’ll do anything to avoid it. People fear death because they’re afraid that the promises of everlasting life might not be true.
Whenever I look for a profile of courage to encourage me, the shepherd boy named David, who faced a giant with a slingshot, tops my list. But for all his acts of courage, he said he didn’t just have a fear; he had many fears. And when he considered his fears, no matter what they were, he had one solution—to seek the Lord. When he sought the Lord, he was “delivered” from them, which means the fears were taken off of him, but he was not delivered from the situation. Suddenly in the midst of conflict, he had the courage to do what he needed to do to solve the problem, whether it was a giant or to rule and build the kingdom. Courage for David, and for all of us, is the strength to control our fears and to do what God calls us to do.
Today's Blessing: Now may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the Lord bring to you blessed assurance—the peace of God that surpasses all understanding which will crush every element of fear. May God bring you through the fiery furnace without the smell of smoke upon you. May God lift every burden from you and give you the faith to shout the victory on the darkest night of your life. God is your helper and your strength; therefore, it is well with your soul. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. The battle is the Lord’s, and the victory has already been won in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today's Bible Reading:
- Old Testament - Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10
- New Testament - Matthew 16:13-17:9
- Psalms & Proverbs - Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 5:1-6