“We suffer more in the dread of trial than in the endurance of the stroke. Here we have a man of faith who is calm in the expectation of trouble: ‘I shall walk,’ says he, ‘through the valley of the shadow of death. I expect to do so, but I will fear no evil.’
Have you, my friend, a trouble drawing near to you? Then look bravely at the future. Let not your heart fail you while waiting for the thunder and the hurricane. David said, ‘Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.’
Encamped enemies generally trouble us more than actually contending foes. When once the enemy raises the war-cry, and comes on, we are aroused to valour, and meet him foot to foot, but while he tarries and holds us in suspense our heart is apt to eat into itself with perplexity.
Pray to be calm in the prospect of trial: it is half the battle. Is it not written of the believer, ‘He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord’?”
–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Valley of the Shadow of Death,” The Journal of Biblical Counseling, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2000, p. 33.