Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.
It is the suddenness of destruction that strikes fear in us. One moment all is well; another moment and terror comes. And so will be the Day of Judgment. It will come suddenly, but it will come upon the wicked. And though we may feel its impact, yet we will be safe because the Lord who brings the judgment is also our protector.
Let us not be afraid as though we were not followers of Christ. We have a Redeemer who has saved us from the guilt of our sins. We have a Savior who has clothed us in his righteousness. We have a High Priest who intercedes for us. He will keep our feet from being caught in the same net as the wicked.
Can sudden trouble come upon us? Yes. But we cannot be caught in the net that drags us to destruction. What matters most the eternal security of our souls is what is most secure. Upon that basis we do not fear. We can be harmed, but we cannot be destroyed. Whatever sudden troubles may come upon us, know that there is a greater sudden phenomenon that will take place the sudden appearing of our Lord who will bring us into eternal glory.
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