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Fear and Trust

Do you trust God? Do you believe all things are possible through Christ? If you are anything like me, you are quick to answer these questions with a strong YES. But do you ever catch yourself up at night, consumed with anxiety? So overcome with fear about a million things that go on in this chaotic world. Maybe you worry about your finances, or maybe your marriage. Maybe you fear for the health and safety of your loved ones as this pandemic progresses. Sometimes it takes a reminder from God to reaffirm our faith.

Last week, my husband was headed to my brother’s house to watch the NFL playoffs. When he was about half way there, he thought to himself “I should just head home, get some rest, and get ready for work in the morning”. And that is exactly what he did. I was surprised he decided to turn around since my brother has the perfect Sunday football set up with all of the man cave essentials! Two days later, we get a call from my brother saying that his entire house tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully everyone was okay with only mild cold symptoms. When we heard the news, we both just thanked God. I have no doubt the Holy Spirit was with my husband in the car that day when he turned around. In that moment, I was reminded again of God’s grace and mercy (Hallelujah!).

It’s easy to look back on a situation and see where God has stepped in and saved the day once again. As the saying goes hind sight is 20/20. But what about foresight? Could I have foreseen the Holy Spirit intervening on what could have been a dangerous situation? The answer is absolutely. Through faith in God I could have foreseen this level of protection. Psalms 91:3 says “For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.” By standing on the word of God, not only could I have foreseen his protection, but it would have saved me from the anxiety that I walk with every single day. It would have prevented the fear that COVID is just waiting to rear its ugly head at every corner. I recognize now that these fears only exist because I’m not fully trusting God.

What are you afraid of? What keeps you up at night? What situation gives you the most anxiety? The areas that hold the most fear and anxiety, are the areas where we trust God the least. Let’s all be mindful of those areas, and 1 by 1 give each and every single fear to God.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.


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