When you are afraid

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The world is a scary place. You don’t know when or where the next mass killer will strike. 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.

If this is true, how can you know peace? How can you avoid being dominated by fear?

Even in scary times, God calls you to trust him. Here is what the Holy Spirit says to you from Psalm 56:3-4:

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?

This short passage gives 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!

Today’s headlines shout danger, both at home and abroad. So when you or your children are confronted by fear, even overwhelming fear, trusting God is the way to peace. It is true, you cannot control many of the things that bring fear. But you can take comfort that your God does control all things!

When things are scary, teach your children the security of trusting God.

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.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.