Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
I was looking through my re:gen lessons for this week and came across a lesson called Living in Fear. We don’t like to admit it, but we all struggle with worry or fear of some kind or another. If you are married you worry about your spouse and children. We have fears of illness, finances, and our future. As we age, it’s pretty normal to worry about what will happen as we can do less and less to take care of ourselves. If you are a Christian we know where we will spend eternity but we most likely fear the doorway: death. I guess the bottom line is that worry and fear can consume us. We can almost become immobilized to do anything.
God, in His Word has plenty to say about worry and fear. I won’t go over everything in the Bible about that (some 366 times we are told not to fear or worry), but here are a couple verses that stand out to me.
Isaiah 41:10—Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Matthew 6:27—And who among you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
1 Peter 5:6-7—Therefor humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Now, some of you you probably know these verses by heart. But do we really look at these and other verses and do what they say? I will end with a few thoughts about how these verses apply to our lives.
First, we need to trust God. Even in our darkest hours, God says He is with us. Indeed, he says He is our God (Isaiah 41:10). Do we really trust God in the tough times? And worse, when times are good, we think we don’t need Him.
Second, the Bible simply commands us not to fear. It’s not something that would be a nice thing to do. God plainly says, “Do Not Fear.” I have heard that if God commands something, He makes it possible for us to obey that command. Can we trust Him to do that?
Third, in 1 Peter we are told to do a couple of things. We are to humble ourselves before God and then to cast our anxiety on Him. I don’t know, but I wonder if sometimes we just try to do the casting without doing the humbling. I think it is important to humble ourselves because it makes us put all our hope and trust in Him. The verse goes on to say “He cares for us.” He won’t let us down!
Finally, in Matthew 6:27, Jesus says that our worry and fear can’t change anything. I am slowly beginning to learn that God has our lives totally in His hands. He knows everything about us and we don’t. Not to get maudlin, but he knows exactly when and how we are going to enter into his presence. No matter what happens, He is there with us. I can’t find anything more peaceful in my life than to know that.
Well, that’s about all I have. I believe as time goes by that we will have more and more reasons to fear and be worried. If you read this, I hope it will give you courage to trust God completely in everything and will give you peace because God has everything all under control. Talk to ya, later. God bless you.