Control

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

When Napoleon was a young boy, he'd stand brave and unflinching while the soldiers fired off their cannons, yet he seemed afraid of the nearby ocean.  Determined to help the child overcome his fears, one of the royal attendants picked the boy up and tossed him into the waves.  After struggling onto dry land, the young prince ran away shrieking in terror. 

Later, someone asked why he was afraid of the sea and not the loud cannonade of the soldiers.  The boy considered the question for a moment, then answered, "Because I'm in command of the soldiers, but I'm not in command of the sea."

Aren't most of us afraid of the things we can't control?  What should we do to counter our fears?  Norman Vincent Peale once said, "…Let faith, hope and courage enter your thinking.  Fear is strong, but faith is stronger yet."

"Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage."
- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1994) 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.