Did you know that the power of the Gospel frees us from the fear of evil? Do you know why? It’s because even in the evil we face day in and day out, our God is with us.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
On the darkest road we travel, we need not fear evil because God is with us. Even in the shadow of death the Christian heart still beats in time with the Master’s music, because He is not only our comfort but He is our companion. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). And he who has God as his companion has nothing to fear. What a beautiful promise we have from the psalmist—a promise that propels us further in and further up into our redemption, independent of all outward circumstances, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In fearing no evil, we are to include the evil one—the devil himself. Satan can do only what God allows, and God only allows what is useful for our sanctification and service to others. Sure, the devil comes as a roaring lion, seeking to devour anything in his way. But he comes without teeth and claws, because he comes under the complete control of Christ our companion. You will remember in the story of Job: the devil was allowed to do only what God allowed him to do, all of which ultimately worked for God’s glory and Job’s good. And this is true for every child of God born of grace.
To be sure, there are times we find ourselves in dark valleys, deep waters, deserted highways, and desolate places, but we never find ourselves alone . . . which is cause for courage and cheer, not fright and fear. It’s important to note that Jesus is not only with you, but He has gone before you. Jesus faced every imaginable evil and conquered it as our King.
- Jesus faced the evil of the religious leaders
- Jesus faced the evil of His neighbors
- Jesus faced the evil of His friends
- Jesus faced the evil of His followers
- Jesus faced the evil of the Roman soldiers
- Jesus faced the evil of the thieves that hung on either side of Him on the cross
- Jesus faced the evil of evil itself in His wilderness experience
- Jesus faced the evil of our imputed sins
- Jesus faced the evil of death
- Jesus faced the evil of hell
Not only is Jesus our companion who has faced every evil, He is our King who has conquered every evil. Not one evil could stand up against perfect Righteousness. He sits at the right hand of God the Father (Romans 8:34), which is the place of power in heaven and on earth. And it is that power that overcame every evil and will one day overthrow it, making everything that is bad good; everything crooked will be made straight; darkness will be turned to light; the dead in Christ will live; and all that was meant for evil will display the glorious righteousness of Christ!
Let the confession of our lives be one that fears no evil, knowing we face it with our conquering King, who has vanquished every foe.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!