FEAR: Learning to Trust

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1: 7

 

My granddaughter has a fear of storms. They terrify her. She has never experienced a tornado but knows what a strong force of death and destruction accompanies this horrific force of nature should it decide to touch down near her.

The dark sky with thunder and lightning force her even now as a teen to rise up from her bed at night and speedily scurry to her mother’s bed for comfort and protection.

She calls her Pawpaw when the storm clouds begin to form because she knows he watches the weather and can give her exact details and calm her nerves.

All of us fear something, whether it be a force of nature, rejection from someone we care about or the abundance of fears that humans face.  Whatever the issue, we can be sure the One who created the winds, the rain, this world and all that is in it, still has control over all. He is always watching and allows nothing in our lives that are not according to His plan.

This doesn’t mean He will not allow hardships, pain and death to touch our lives. We live in the same fallen world from the first days of Adam and Eve when they sinned after being tempted by the devil.

King David knew where to go during the uncertain and fearful times in his life and so should we. We should follow David’s example and take those fears to the Lord.

Psalm 34: 4 “I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”

One of the important things to remember about fear is that no matter what happens in your life, God has a purpose for everything that touches you.

2 Corinthians 4: 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

James 1: 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

I Peter 1: 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Romans 8: 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

 

Father,  Remind us to bring our fears to the feet of Jesus and help us to learn to rest in You.  Guide our hearts to remember we are safe in Your arms. In Jesus Name, Amen

Sandra Hardage