When I am afraid

Posted on July 30, 2015 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

The world is a scary place. Life is full of things that you and I cannot control. You cannot will your children to safety. You cannot wish cancer away. You cannot remove the drunk driver from the road. You cannot force world leaders to be wise and responsible. You cannot stop dangers on the playground or even in your backyard. You cannot stop the hurricane or earthquake. In short, you cannot eliminate the things that bring fear in this life.

Even in scary times, God calls you to trust him. Here is what the Holy Spirit says to you from Psalm 56:

When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4

This short passage give hope! What can mere mortals do to you? Before God, they are no threat at all, even if your lives appear to be in danger. There is an example of this trust in God by Daniel’s 3 friends when they were faced with death in the furnace for obeying God. Remember what they told the king. They said they would honor God whether they were rescued or not. What can mere mortals do to you!

So when you or your children are confronted by fear, even overwhelming fear, trusting God is the way to peace.

Here is a biblical way to understand trust and how to pray for trust.

Trust is believing and doing what God tells me in the Bible,  even when it is hard to do.

A prayer to trust God:

Father in heaven, please help me to trust you. Thank you that you are in control of everything and you do everything for my good. You have promised to care of me. Help me to believe and act on that, even when I’m afraid.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

From Get Wisdom!, by Ruth Younts

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Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.