The Fearbreak

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"The old saying 'no news is good news' is so often true," Dad said as he switched off the car radio. "I've heard enough bad news for today."

"The guy on the radio was talking about escaped prisoners. Do you think they're still in this area?" Krystal asked, peering anxiously out the car window. "I . . ."

"Look!" Gavin interrupted her. "There must be a fire over there!" He pointed ahead where smoke billowed up into the sky. "Wow! First we hear about escaped convicts, and now we see a fire! Looks like it's a huge one!"

"I think we'll be passing close to it," observed Dad. He was right, and soon they could see what was happening. "That's a controlled fire," said Dad as he pulled over to the side so they could get a good look at it. "It looks like a farmer is burning off some long, dead grasses."

"It almost looks like he's making a firebreak," said Gavin.

"What's a firebreak?" Krystal asked.

Gavin was eager to tell her. "A firebreak is a wide strip without grass or anything that can burn," he said. "If there's a fire coming toward it, the fire dies when it reaches the firebreak because there's nothing to feed it."

"Is a fire coming this way?" asked Krystal.

Dad shook his head. "Maybe the farmer just wants to be prepared because it's a dry season," he said. "Then if a fire should break out in the area, his property would be protected." Dad put the car in gear. "You know," he added, "the farmer fights fire with fire, and we can overcome fear with fear."

"We can?" Gavin asked. "I don't get it."

"When we fear the Lord as we should, it drives other fears out of our hearts," said Dad. "We could say that fearing the Lord builds a fearbreak around us."

"I still don't get it," said Gavin. "We shouldn't be scared of God, should we?"

Dad smiled. "The kind of fear I'm talking about is more like respect and honor," he explained. "It's more a matter of trusting God than being afraid of Him."

"You mean like . . . when there are escaped convicts around?" asked Krystal.

Dad nodded. "We need to do all we can to be careful, but there's only so much we can do. Beyond that, we need to simply trust God and know He'll take care of us, no matter what happens."

How About You?
What are you afraid of? The dark? Being kidnapped? Losing someone you love? Terrorists? Try fighting fear with fear. Build a fearbreak around your heart now as you fear your heavenly Father--in other words, as you honor, respect, obey, and trust Him. Trust Him in all circumstances, knowing He is in control of everything.

Today's Key Verse:
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord.
(Psalm 112:1)

Today's Key Thought:
Trust God