Don’t Panic

A devotion on Proverbs 14:26-27

In the fear of the LORD is a secure fortress, and he will be a refuge for his children. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.
–Proverbs 14:26-27

“Don’t panic,” I thought.

My face stung from the cold night air as I walked alone around the parking lot in the dark.

My friends and I had gone to a lake to watch the sunset. A wonderful idea, except that it was January… and we were in Michigan….

After we watched the sun sink over the icy horizon, two of my friends went back to the car while the other two walked on the pier. I tried to go on the pier, but I kept slipping on the ice, so I decided to go back to the car.

It was dark. The freezing air burned my lungs with every breath.

When I got to where I thought the car had been parked, it was nowhere in sight. The parking lot was practically deserted; almost all the cars were gone.

I shivered. It was getting colder.

I don’t exactly remember what I prayed at that moment — just that God would help me find the car. As I turned around, I saw the lights of a vehicle a little ways off.

Hope sparked inside me.

Sure enough, it was my friends, huddled next to the heater.

This verse reminds me that even when things look hopeless, God is still in control. No matter how awful things get, “he will be a refuge for his children” Proverbs 14:26-27. So the next time you find yourself in a bad situation, remember this verse and take comfort in it.


Dear God, You alone are my fortress. My refuge. My life. Thank You for loving me and protecting me. In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen.


What are some ways I can keep this verse in my heart all the time?