Fear or Faith

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. Psalm 3:5-6

Harry Emerson Fosdick, a prominent minister of the early 20th century, said, “Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.” Pastor Fosdick understood there were two pathways to take when life takes a turn for the worst, one of fear and one of faith.

So did King David. You see, King David was a man of unfathomable faith. No matter what circumstance befell his life, He trusted in the Lord and sought his guidance, counsel, and deliverance. Nothing was too difficult for His Lord. Even what others meant for evil in his life, David knew the Lord would work it to the good and for His glory. As such, David was able to lie down and sleep without fearing the future or the tens of thousands drawn up against him as described in today’s passage. David took the pathway of faith.

When one receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, it is so easy to step onto the pathway of fear. Fear of the future, fear of finances running out, fear of declining abilities, fear of failure, fear of uselessness, fear of dependence. And the list could go on infinitum. Sort of like the tens of thousands drawn up on every side against King David.

But the prudent path to take is the pathway of faith. Faith God will sustain, faith God will work to the good what is intended for evil, faith God will empower and encourage, faith God will compensate for declining abilities, faith God will protect, faith God will deliver on His promises. When this is the pathway one choses, it is easy to lie down and sleep, wake again, and know the Lord will always sustain.

Perhaps you are at a crossroad in life. Perhaps life has taken a turn for the worse. Two pathways lie ahead; the path of fear and the path of faith. I pray you will choose the pathway of faith!

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