There are many wonderful things in life that bring us joy and contentment. The love of family and friends, the birth of a child, new beginnings, and hard-wrought accomplishments are some of the celebrations we may experience in our lifetime. We all go through difficult times, though, when we lose a loved one through death or divorce or suffer physical or mental anguish. We may become fearful of terrible things that are happening in our world, such as cancer, the loss of a job, violent crimes, or pandemics like the coronavirus. You might be afraid your child will turn to drugs and alcohol or get involved with an inappropriate person they met online. You may also worry about a family member who has a gambling or pornography addiction. We may face trials that are daunting, but we don't have to live in constant fear. There is a God who loves us more than we can ever imagine, and He longs to walk beside us and bring comfort and relief. He's the omnipotent, all-knowing, Creator of the universe, yet His greatest desire is to have a personal relationship with us.
Jesus, God's Son, suffered a brutal death on the cross when the punishment for our sin was laid on Him. If we confess our sins to the Lord and surrender our life to Him, we become a child of God, and the Holy Spirit comes to live in us.
When we go through painful seasons in our life, we can grow closer to the Lord, as we trust in His amazing grace. Jesus has promised He'll never leave us and will supply all our needs. He cares deeply about everything that concerns us, so if we meditate on Bible verses like the ones below, they will remind us of God's faithfulness and compassion towards us.
Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Satan is a liar and deceiver and will use any means to tempt us to live in fear and confusion. However, James 4:7 tells us to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from us. Our circumstances may seem overwhelming at times, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, our evil enemy can be defeated. This power is only available to us, though, if we trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Would you like to have your sins forgiven and one day live forever in Heaven? If so, you could pray a prayer similar to this one: Dear Jesus, I know I have sinned against you. Thank you that you died on the cross to pay for my sin then rose again. I ask for Your forgiveness and surrender myself to You. Now I can call on you when I'm afraid, and You will calm my fears. I ask You for your wisdom and strength to fulfill Your will for my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.
We can be fearless, as believers in Christ, because we have the Lord on our side. We can have peace in our heart, knowing He is in control and working all things out for our good.
By Bev Yellowley