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May 4, 2021: Nothing to Fear

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4, NIV).

What does this verse mean? The first part says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil.” I think this means that even though we go through scary things, we have nothing to fear. I wonder why that is? The second part, “for you are with me,” gives it all away.

We do not need to be afraid in those scary places or when we think about scary things, because God is with us. So the last part, “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me,” lets us know that God’s presence comforts us. Simply put, we do not need to be afraid of anything, no matter what, because God is with us and comforts us with His gentle words of encouragement and love.

Sometimes we are scared, like when our parents have not come home yet, and we call them on their phones and they don’t answer. We may think, “What happened to them? When are they coming back?” This can worry us a lot. God can help with that worry and fear. All we need to do is pray and ask. Let’s practice this right now.

Dear Heavenly Father, right now I don’t want to be afraid. I want to have the strength not to fear what’s happening in my life. Lord, please let me put all fear aside so I can clear my mind and feel comforted by Your presence and love. Amen.

Nolan Johnson is a fourth-grader at the Mayfair Christian School in Ohio.


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