Sudden Fear (Part 2)

The righteous have no need to be afraid of the bad things that happen in life.  God is there.

March 31, 2019

"Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken."

Proverbs 3:25-26

Part 2

“Be not afraid of sudden fear,”
“Neither of the desolation of the wicked,”
Wicked people will act wickedly.  Believers may have run-ins with godless people.

“When it cometh.”
Sometimes Christians seem to have the idea that they will never have problems of any kind because they are Christians.  That’s not true.  We are still sinners (blood bought), living in a sinful world with other sinners.  And because sinners are selfish and finite, sinners have problems.

The words here are important—not “if it cometh,” but “when it cometh.”  These are things that all believers will face from time to time.

“For the LORD shall be thy confidence,”
But even in the midst of “sudden fears,” and the “desolation of the wicked,” we have confidence in the LORD!  “Literally, ‘in thy confidence,’ in the source of thy strength.”  We can confide in Him.  We know He will guide and protect us through the difficult times in life.  He “will never leave us or forsake us.”

“And shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Jehovah will not allow His child to be snared in the traps of the wicked.  Obviously, this presumes that the believer is walking with the LORD and not out doing his own thing.

Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.


1.  Jamison, Fausset, and Brown.  Jamison-Fausset-Brown’s Commentary, the electronic version in eSword.
2. “Trust and Obey,” second and third stanzas, Words by John Henry Sammis (1846-1919), music by Daniel Brink Towner (1850-1919). Copyright status, Public Domain.