Fear Vs. Trust
Updated: Nov 8, 2018
This world we live in is filled with things that can frighten us. I won’t waste your time enumerating them. You have your own list. David, the writer of many of the Psalms, had a long list of things to frighten him. His life story was one scary thing after another. But he came out on top. In Psalm 56:3,4 tells us what his personal antidote for fear was.
“Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.”
That response to fear, trusting God, can only be effective if a person knows and believes some important things about God. Here are a few:
God is the supreme ruler of the universe. God is sovereign. Rev. 11:17,18 “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Nothing is too big for God. Jer. 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
God loves me. 1John 4:9 “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”
God is always watching over me. He is my protector. Psa. 57:1-3 “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.”
God keeps His promises. I Kings 8:56 “Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.”