‘In God I trust and am not afraid.’
Psalm 56:4 NIV
David said, ‘In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’ David had faced a lot of trials, but God had repeatedly come through for Him. And he knew that God would continue to be faithful. We can face anything when we know God has promised: ‘For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you’ (Isaiah 41:13 NIV). So instead of fearing the worst, we need to try and start believing God for the best. And we can do that by realizing that He has promised us things. Those promises include: ‘So do not fear, for I am with you…I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’ (Isaiah 41:10 NIV) and ‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28 NIV). It can feel easier said than done to simply trust God and stop being afraid, especially if fear and anxiety are issues we deal with on a daily basis. There’s no shame in asking for professional help if we’re struggling to deal with it on our own. And we can ask God too. He can help us feel His peace. He can help us rely on Him. He can give us the strength that we need to step out of our comfort zones and face the things which scare us. Fear doesn’t have to defeat us. Instead of giving in to it, let’s stand on the Word of God and believe He’s going to bring us through our circumstances and make us stronger.
Choose a verse where God promises that He is with you. Write it out and then carry it round with you all day, to remind you that He has promised that to you.