Jesus said, “Father, if you are willing, take away this cup of suffering” (Luke 22:42). Jesus could have confided in his disciples, he could have assembled a prayer meeting, but when he faced fear he went first to his Father. Oh, how we tend to go everywhere else. First to the bar, to the counselor, to the self-help book, or to the friend next door. Not Jesus — the first one to hear his fear was his Father in heaven.
A millennium earlier David was urging the fear-filled to do the same: “I will fear no evil” (Psalm 23:4). How could David make such a claim? Because he knew where to look. Rather than turn to the other sheep, David turned to the Shepherd. Rather than stare at the problems, he stared at the rod and staff. Because he knew where to look David was able to say, “I will fear no evil.”