FEAR NOT! (Psalm 56:3-4)
Nothing comes into your life but what Almighty God allows. Sometimes He says, “I will let her go through that. She will draw upon My strength.” God may also say, “No. I will not allow that. It will overwhelm him. He is not ready.” Nothing comes into your life that God doesn’t already know about. And since He is with you, you don’t have to fear.
Can fear be avoided entirely? Probably not. But Scripture gives us an alternative plan that prepares against and responds to fear. Psalm 56:3 says, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” God's Word gives us hope when we find ourselves overtaken by fear. Instead of staggering in it, we can put our trust in Him. We can deliberately turn away from fear and toward the Lord.
David cried out, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” He knew the antidote to fear. It is trusting God. When fear grips our heart, the escape is to trust Him. “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Taking God at His Word is the essence of trust. David, no doubt, reflected upon the promises of God’s deliverance which he found in the Word. David praised God’s Word and he was not afraid what men might try to do to him. His trust was in God and in His Word. David had nothing to fear.
God's Word gives many reasons why we need not fear. Here are a few of those reasons.
Prayer: Father, I confess that sometimes my fears reveal I’m not trusting You as I know I should, but trusting in something, or someone else, instead. Thank you for reminding me just how fragile everything else is compared with You. Thank You for never leaving, or forsaking, me. Thank You for never letting me down and always proving Yourself trustworthy. Help me learn to trust You increasingly and banish fears from my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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