There is an old wise way of thinking that goes something like this: If you cannot do anything about it, why waste time worrying? And if you can do something about it, why waste time worrying?
And yet, so many times we fret. We devote time agonizing over things which we either have no control over or cannot govern the outcome soon enough. We give ourselves to Satan’s alluring trap of fear. A fearful spirit is not from God (see 2 Timothy 1:7). Yet, because we are not perfect beings, we fall into imperfection. God knows our imperfections. He knows that we spin ourselves into obsessive thinking, physical distraction, and tempt our imaginations to rely more on self and on a world full of quick answers. He sees us and our bad habits pulling away from him, taking meager care of our bodies, becoming more isolated, being easily offended and quick to judge others.
Our fears can lead us to fearful thinking: This will never work out, I cannot seem to catch a break, no one understands, this life is more difficult than desirable. Our thinking turns into believing. Eventually, our believing turns into actions. And our actions evolve into a new substandard way of living.
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you” (Psalm 56:3). Notice this verse doesn’t say, “If I am afraid, I will trust in you.” This verse says, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” The next part reads, “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:4). Herein lies the key to facing whatever fear is facing you: Trust in God.
So, the question to ourselves is this: When I am afraid, will I trust in you, God?
God gives us a clear response to our fear in Isaiah 41:10. He says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Yes, God knows us. He recognizes our fear.
God’s response to our fear is this:
I AM WITH YOU
DO NOT BE DISMAYED
I AM YOUR GOD
I WILL STREGTHEN YOU
I WILL HELP YOU
I WILL UPHOLD YOU
Fear has the potential to come until Jesus returns or we return to be with Jesus. Why? Because Satan came “only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Therefore, we must “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). When the spirit of fear comes, we have a choice whom to follow: Satan or God. One will torment us; the other will lead us through with his righteous right hand.
Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Notice the word “through” in this verse. We are never meant to stay in the valley. God comforts us…. He leads us through.
Ask yourself, “Am I willing to completely surrender to God this fear I am facing? Am I willing to be obedient to His will and leave the outcome to Him?”
SGLY, dear readers.
(Smile, God Loves You.)
Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer and an opinion columnist. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@ amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Face - book: facebook. com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffany chartier