09-09-07

If I’m going to be honest with you, I have to let you know that from time to time I become afraid.  Sometimes it’s the fear of what’s ahead in the world – when will the next terrorist incident happen.  Sometimes it’s a fear for people around me – I’m concerned for the health of a loved one or afraid others close to me will be making bad decisions.  Sometimes I’m afraid for the church – silly things like will we meet our bills this month or will that offended person hurt the church.  And if I’m going to be totally honest, I have to tell you that sometimes my fears just seem a bit too much to handle.  Sometimes my fears paralyze me like a deer caught in the headlights.

The Bible tells me what I can do about my fears.  David wrote, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psa 56:3).  That’s a good instruction for when I find the fears multiplying.  I need to turn my thoughts to the Great God of heaven who loves me more than I can ever know.  I need to remember that I can trust Him.  He hasn’t forgotten me. The Bible also tells me that there’s something I can do to avoid going down that road of fear in the first place.  Isaiah writes, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation” (Isa 12:2).

Whether it’s by “trusting when I’m afraid” or “trusting and not being afraid”, it all boils down to trust.  We have a God who is extremely worthy of your trust.  You may not know what the future holds, but you can trust the one who holds the future.