Scripture Reading: Leviticus 1:1-3:17 / Mark 9:33-10:12 / Psalm 27:1-6
9-11… that historical and tragic day marked the greatest terrorist attack ever leveled against the United States. The television and media coverage of those events were extensive and riveting. Americans were stunned as they watched and heard every account, report, decision and development. Survivors were interviewed, witnesses gave their insight and family members shared their memories and grief.
It was a day that our nation mourned and resolved to win the war against terrorism. We have taken great steps to eradicate terrorism and secure our nation from further attacks yet the overwhelming effects of terrorism still lingers today…fear. There is a heightened awareness that terrorism can strike unannounced at any time, in any way, at any location. Fear chokes all hope and keeps us in bondage.
David went and faced the challenge of Goliath when all of Israel was trembling with fear. David was not afraid for he knew the battle was the Lord’s. Even when pursued by his rebellious and murderous son Absalom, David trusted in God. He declared, “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
When a child is afraid of the dark, their greatest comfort is light as it dispels all fear of the unknowns that loom in the darkness. David describes God as his light who displaces the fears and apprehensions of life. Through His Word and Spirit, God illuminates His powerful presence in the midst of all life’s circumstances. God flips the switch, turns on the light and the fears associated with the darkness - flees.
Light pierces the darkness and reveals truth, knowledge and understanding. God’s Kingdom is always referred to as “The Kingdom of Light” and satan’s as “The Kingdom of Darkness.” God’s light not only dispels fear by illuminating His presence, His light also gives life. As the sun’s light gives life (photosynthesis) to a plant, God gives us life through His Son! God has “…delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (Col. 1:13)
His marvelous light redeems our souls and delivers us from satan and the captivity of sin. Christ becomes our stronghold of strength, protection and security. The enemy of darkness cannot penetrate the stronghold of God’s light. Whenever it casts a shadow on our lives, we like David look to the illuminating power of God’s Word, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
When God is on our side, we do not need to be fearful. He has proven to illuminate our lives with His faithfulness and presence. Remember, you don’t need to be afraid when you walk through the fog of life, shadow of death or dark presence of the enemy. Just flip on the spiritual light switch and darkness will flee…along with fear!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!