Fear is a base emotion that all humans share. There are many reasons to fear. God’s direction here is to not fear sudden disaster or the ruin that overtakes the wicked (25). God promises that he will be my confidence and will keep my foot from being snared (26). I should not have vague fears of future doom.
This morning I sit thinking about this from many perspectives. God is not promising that a sudden disaster will not happen. Rather, he is just telling me to not fear that it might happen in the future. During disasters, the Spirit gives me confidence. I won’t get caught in a snare.
I have gone through some hard events in my life. Yet, I don’t consider them sudden disasters because God enabled me to have faith in those times. Even when I wanted my life to end the Lord gave me confidence. I have at times had fear of the future hit me hard as if a prize fighter struck me in the face with a brick fist. Yet just as fast as the blow came, I was able to bounce back and push it off. The blow did not knock me down and its sting quickly dissipated. This was God.
I don’t want to spend my life in fear of imagined dangers. I can have confidence now that my God will keep me in times of sudden disaster. I have faith in the safety of my Master’s prize fighter gloves.