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“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! “ Psalm 46:1-3.
It is not uncommon to walk into an ongoing conversation where someone is talking about feeling anxious, alone, and afraid. The most often reply, certainly among Christians, is “Just trust in God” Trust Him when thou have this lump in your stomach on your morning commute. Or it’s a buzzing in your mind that keeps you awake at night when you should be resting up for a long day at work. Much of what causes us to feeling os being alone, anxious, and afraid stems from the ongoing love, and hate relationship we have with the future.
There are times in life when the future is an exciting place. Things I’ve planned and worked for are about to come to fruition, and I watch with anticipation as they unfold before my eyes. I love the future, and even strive to speed up its arrival—as if that were possible. But in most cases, the future is shrouded in darkness and shadows and seems to hide its intentions. I can’t see what lies ahead, and it fills me with dread and fear. If you are in one of those anxious seasons remember what Davis said above in Psalm 46.
We will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. (Ps. 46:2-3) We want to look at the future with anticipation and hope—no matter what lies ahead—knowing that God is my refuge and strength (Ps. 46:1).
To live by faith means that I acknowledge that He is God and that I am not. When I remember this, I am freed from the burdens of worry and fretting, regret and sorry.
Through all of Scripture God shows us who He is, what He is like, and what He does. He tells us that He is all-powerful; He can do things that we can never do on our own. He is loving and kind; He cannot be cruel or mean. He is faithful; He can’t go back on His word or forsake His people. He is gracious; He is filled with compassion, care, and sympathy for His people.
He has a plan. His plan is to comfort His people because, not only is His plan perfect because He is perfect, but He knows the best way to orchestrate all things so His plan will come to fruition. Knowing God calms the anxious heart.
- Knowing God and His Word allows us to face our fears with faith. Why? How can you do this in practical ways?
- It’s not uncommon to be anxious God when life gets hard. What does this imply about what we believe about God?