Words from the Heart for Saturday June 10th, 2017
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4 (NIV)
I Trust and am Not Afraid
Our faith in God does not mean that we will be trouble-free! We can, instead, have the assurance that nothing will come our way that is too big for our God! We can wisely and confidently put our trust in Him. What do you need to lay before Him today? He is able to handle it.
The Canadian Cancer Society released a poll in 2016 that revealed Canadian’s top fears. 1500 Canadians aged 18 and older were asked to list their greatest phobias. Heights are definitely at the top of my list, but that isn’t the most common fear here in Canada – snakes are. 33% of Canadian men, and 46% of Canadian women said that the feared snakes more than anything else. For men, the next three in order of popularity, are fear of heights, public speaking and spiders. For women, after snakes the most common fears are spiders, natural disasters and mice or rats. As for which age group spends the most time contemplating their anxieties, 27 per cent of Canadians 18 to 34 often think about their fears, compared with only 8 per cent of people 55-plus.
I remember as a child having one particularly frightening nightmare. The good news is that I don’t remember the nightmare, but I will never forget running down the hall to my parents’ bedroom and jumping on their bed — waking them up!— receiving the hugs that fixed it all and being carried back to my room by my dad. I can’t imagine childhood without the kind of assurance that loving parents are there to give comfort when needed. But what about when we become adults? Adult fears are just as real as those that children face. Where can we turn? King David admitted that he had fears, and gives the best advice anywhere about how to deal with those fears. In Psalm 56:3-4 he says “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Childhood fears are often not based on reality. Adult fears often can be. We face health issues, physical harm from others, financial pressures. The Lord Jesus is always available and loves when we come rushing toward Him with our fears. And when we put our trust in Him, we find that He removes the fear and replaces it with peace. He doesn’t always immediately remove us from whatever is causing the fear. But He does give us peace in the midst of the storm. So trust Him with your fears.
These have been words from the heart.