Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”
Our Bible verse for today: “When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Trust in God when you’re afraid.”
It has been rightly said, “Anyone who claims to never be afraid is either lying or stupid.” Fear is a natural human emotion and the fact is that there are lots of things in life that should rightly cause us some fear. People sometimes think that fear equates to cowardice – a lack of courage, but that’s just not true. Courage isn’t a matter of never being afraid, courage simply means that we choose to do the right thing regardless of our fears.
King David was a mighty warrior. By the time he wrote Psalm 56 he was the veteran of many battles, including with the giant Goliath. Over the years David had faced innumerable enemies and repeatedly had had to fight for his life – ultimately killing many men. So at this point in his life he was a seasoned fighter and well able to take care of himself. And yet, he admitted to times of being afraid.
David never claimed to have been free from fears, only that he had learned how to deal with fear – He trusted God. In Psalm 56:3 David didn’t write “If I ever experience fear I will then trust in God.” No. He wrote “When” I am afraid, I will trust in God. He was writing from experience and he had learned that God empowered him to face his fears, stand tall, and to have the courage to push through his fears.
In Psalm 23:4 when David wrote “I will fear no evil,” it is the equivalent to “I will trust in God in the face of evil.” Evil times and evil people will come – to all of us. When they do, like David, we must choose to trust God.
Choosing to trust in God is a matter of both knowledge and experience. It requires the knowledge that God is sovereign, all – knowing, and all-powerful. It also requires the experience of having relied on Him in the past and of having found Him trustworthy and reliable. The more of that experience we have, the more we trust in Him.
Please don’t let anyone tell you that you should be fearless, or that being afraid indicates a lack of faith. It doesn’t. Fear is a natural human emotion. Trusting in the Lord is the spiritual remedy for it.