No one told me that when I became a dad, I would be the one to get rid of any spider that came into a room. I am afraid of spiders.

We are all afraid of something scary. Criminals, violence, falling in a deep dark hole, never seeing our families again. But what about the things that are not scary and yet can damage us?

It’s not scary to visit that website when no one is looking, or to flirt just a little too much with a co-worker who just loves our jokes, or to have that extra drink while out with friends. Those things are not scary; sometimes they are even fun. That makes them scarier than scary. We have alarms for crimes, and police for criminals, but we don’t protect ourselves from things that can hurt us yet don’t seem scary.

How can we protect ourselves from things that are scarier than scary? We do that by fixing our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18). We have the Holy Spirit to guide us against things that we might not even know could hurt us — that still small voice that warns us not to go that way but go this way instead.

Listen with your heart, turn your ear to Jesus and you won’t have to fear anything, whether it is scary or not.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for protecting us and reminding us that we have nothing to fear. Help us to stand strong against all evil, whether seen and unseen, so that we live to your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Throughout This Day: Invite God’s Spirit to direct you step by step so that you only follow the paths he has laid out for you.

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