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, ESV
I recently bought a house to fix up and sell. Behind the house was a densely wooded area and a sloping ravine that went down to a creek on the property. On the side of the hill was an old wooden door. I turned on the light on my phone and looked inside. About eight feet in was a concrete wall, but to the left there was a narrow opening in the wall. I slowly walked toward the opening and shone my flashlight through it. There was another small room with concrete walls, but at the end of the wall I noticed another door. I walked to the back and opened the door.
I was shocked to find a Cold War bomb shelter! It extended about another twenty feet into the side of the hill. There was an old fashioned water pump at the end, and a crank device, which I assumed was to pump fresh air into the space-it, was very humid and musty-and there were six cots hanging from the ceiling. During the 1950s and 1960s, a lot of people in the United States built bomb shelters, fearing that a nuclear bomb would be detonated. The shelters were usually stocked with supplies, food, and batteries to survive for a while.
Back in the 1950s people were scared of things we don’t really fear today such as nuclear war and radiation. That doesn’t mean we don’t fear anymore; we just have different kinds of fears. Satan considers it one of his most important jobs to put fear in people, but God says we should hand our fears over to Him so we can be at peace.
Our verse today is one of the most famous verses in the Bible about having God near us so we don’t have to worry about our fears. I’m so happy I have God’s promises to help me deal with the things I fear. What are things that you fear? Claim God’s promise today, and let your fears go!