PR31 and I were serving as lead pastors at a church in northeast Louisiana. God was doing great things in peoples’ lives. The church was growing and getting healthy. And the devil was not happy.
We began to be bombarded by fears of different kinds. Soon it became apparent to us that this was not the norm… it was something spiritual.
I remember waking up one night and sending such fear, like there was “something” or “someone” in the house and it wasn’t a human. And I recall being so afraid in the darkness.
But I also knew that we weren’t alone. I knew that the Good Shepherd was keeping watch over us. So I asked Him to help us. I explained our fears and let Him know that we really needed Him to protect us.
At that moment, I leaned out of bed and glanced down the long hallway of the 80-foot doublewide mobile home. What I saw almost startled me just before it instilled a great sense of comfort. Standing in the hallway in full armor was another “being,” who I somehow knew was on our side. I could only see up to his chest because his head and shoulders were higher than the eight-to-nine foot ceiling. He was obviously not restricted by natural barriers. And he was on guard duty in our home.
As if I could see through the walls for a moment, I saw another similar being at our front door. And comfort washed over me in that moment. The Good Shepherd had opened my eyes enough to see that “His rod and His staff” were protecting me from any harm which evil might try to bring my way. And from that time on, we did not struggle with fear in the same way.
It pays to walk with the Good Shepherd… to stay close to Him. He not only provides and points, but He protects us from the attack of the enemy of our souls. Not matter how dark the valley, the Good Shepherd has got us covered.
If you’re battling fear today, ask the Good Shepherd to protect you and comfort you. He’s close enough to hear your call. And He won’t let you down.