“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.” (Proverbs 3:25-26).
April 15th is Patriots Day in Boston. And this year this holiday day was punctuated with an apparent act of terror as two bombs were detonated and two others were discovered and diffused before they could be detonated. The evidence and facts are still being accumulated and processed. Two are known dead with nearly 100 injured at this writing. It is being called an act of terror. This is the first of a crowd bombing like this on our turf. Experts in the field of terror will tell you they have been training for such a day for some time now. It was only a matter of time they say. That time of terror has arrived.
How can we cope with terror? How can we prepare for sudden unexpected vicious violence? Wisdom is the ability to solve problems. Biblical wisdom is solving problems from a biblical world view; from scripture. Proverbs is a wisdom book. In Proverbs it states, “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.” (Proverbs 3:25-26). The solution to coping with the climate of terror is do not be afraid, have faith God will get you through.
Paul also tells us to pray with thanksgiving. This thanksgiving is offered in the midst of our fears. This thanksgiving is offered to God in the confident hope that God will answer and meet our need. We pray to God with thanksgiving before He answers. This too is an act of faith and trust. The promise then is that, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” That is what we want, God’s peace to dissolve our fears.
Prayer is a valuable weapon against fear and terror. John Bunyan exhorted, “Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, a scourge for Satan.” Without prayer you are more susceptible to fears and terror. But prayerlessness may indicate a more serious problem. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Prayerlessness may be a symptom of lack of spiritual life. Without spiritual life we are destined for an eternity of fear and terror. Jesus said we ought to fear the One who holds our eternal destiny in His hands more than those who threaten our temporal lives (Matthew 10:28).
Faith in God and a declared dependence on Him in prayer is ultimately how we overcome our fears and the threat of terror of this age. “Do not be afraid of sudden terror.” Instead put your faith and trust in God and get on your knees in prayer. God’s fear defeating peace is only a prayer away.