Abraham: A Life of Obedience
11/09/21 – 11/18/21
Fearlessness: Walking with the Shield of Faith
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 11/13/21
Sometimes life can give us more than we can handle. There are moments when our burdens topple the smooth plans we have made for our lives. Our natural tendency is to hold on to what we have, clutching tighter than before. But God says we should do something different.
To walk truly fearlessly in the face of life’s threatening storms, we must fully place our trust in God. He wants us to see if we really believe what He says in His Word. And it begins with surrendering our lives into His hands.
When your life’s boat begins to rock upon the waves, God wants you to focus on Him more than ever. To walk fearlessly, upholding faith as your banner and shield, you must know who you are following. God does not lead us down dark alleys to abandon us. But He does take us through the tumultuous storms of life, holding our hand every step of the way.
After hearing about the kidnapping of Lot and his family, Abraham rounded up 318 men and went on a rescue mission. Abraham was fearless—not because he had 318 men to back him up, but because he was walking under the shield of faith. He trusted God and desired to obey Him no matter what.
Walking fearlessly with our heavenly Father means that we have come to a place of complete dependency upon Him, a place where we know He has His best in mind for us no matter what. The challenges that come our way can be conquered when we place our faith in Him. As our trust in God grows, we realize that, while He will not shield us from life’s challenges, He will shield us from defeat.
Prayer: Lord, I place my trust fully in You. Because of Your power and love displayed on the cross, I can rest in You and remember that You are my fortress. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Psalm 56:3).