Facing Fear (Part 4)

Christians have to learn to trust God, and He will give us many opportunities to test that trust.  I have personally had so many tests in this regard, and so many failures!  Each time, when God comes through, I have had to say yet again, I’m sorry Lord, I failed this one, too.  But for some of us, trusting is a learning experience, with failures teaching us to trust more.  But if you truly trust God, you won’t be worried looking into the future about what you are going to do next, it will be what God is going to do next.  With chronic illness and chronic pain, especially progressive disease, the future can be quite frightening.  That’s why we need to take it one step at a time.  Try not to even worry about the future.  Because you can’t change it.  Luke 12:25 says, “And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? ”

Matthew 10:29 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”  Note that this verse does not say that God keeps the sparrow from falling to the ground.  But not one of them falls apart from the Father’s will!  I have heard people say God isn’t in the little details.  Doesn’t this verse say differently? God isn’t oblivious to what is going on in your life.  Just think of how insignificant a sparrow really is to us.  Do we really care if one falls?  Do we even give it a thought?  Yet here in this verse it says that God knows about every one.  They are His creation.  And He has placed more importance on us than sparrows.  Yes, sometimes we will fall.  There will be times when bad things happen to us.  But it is never apart from your Father’s will.

God never promised to spare us from hurt.  In fact, He states in his Word that “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33).  Sure enough, if God says “you will have tribulation,” we definitely will not get by in life without some trials.  You can take that one to the bank.  But notice what he says just before that, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.”  If you are in Christ Jesus, you have access to that peace.  Ask Him for it in times of trouble.

Of course, the enemy is going to try to take that peace away from you.  He works hard in times of tribulation to make sure you think you have been deserted, that your prayers feel like they are stopping at the ceiling, perhaps even trying to convince you that the whole thing is a fairy tale.  Sometimes God will even step back a bit and see how you handle it.  But remember that a teacher is always quietest during a test.

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