It has been my experience over the years that lots of folks deal with worry and fear on a recurring basis. Some have not been able to cope very well with these problems. It’s been said that as long as we put our faith in God, we don’t have to worry about our future. God will help us make the right decisions and find the good in difficult situations. I have found that trusting God is the most freeing and amazing feeling in the world. It took me a few years to accept that simple truth, but once I did, it made a tremendous difference in my approach to life. I learned that worrying never helps and in most cases only makes matters worse.
Fear is an entirely different matter. I have a few friends who have difficulty in making it every day because fear sometimes creeps in and literally takes over. Fear can cause a person to give way to panic, turmoil and even worse. Many people in today’s world have troubled hearts and live in a state of fear.
As we all know, fear can involve health issues, financial difficulties, world events, marital problems, bad work situations, the effects of climate change and the list goes on. All of us have most likely experienced fear in some fashion, and to some degree, at some point in our lives. I have known folks who had a great fear of failure in business, sports, and even in meeting the responsibilities of being a parent.
The question is this: How do we deal with fear? Jesus said to his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Those words were meant to give them comfort and reassurance in the darkest hour of their faith. Jesus’ message to his followers can sustain us today regardless of what the situations are that cause us to be in fear and unable to cope. One of the primary reasons Jesus came to earth and died for sinful humankind was so that we might walk with God without fear, enjoying His peace all the days of our lives. One might ask, “How do I stay in peace when all around me seems totally out of control?” The answer is as clear as a bell.
I have found that in my life when worry and fear seem to be raising their ugly heads, God is always there to calm me and give me the assurance that He can handle my situation. When I yield to Him, things always settle down and the worry or fear that could have caused me great difficulty slips away. My prayer for all of our readers and their families is that they will turn over all of life’s problems, trials, and tribulations to a loving, caring, and powerful Savior. That my friend is the answer!
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