Friday, February 21, 2020
When Fear Fills Your Heart
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” (John 14:1 nlt)
When children are afraid of the dark, they need someone to reassure them. The best thing to do is turn on the lights so they know there’s actually not a monster or other supposed threat to them under the bed. They need the reassuring words of an adult who can help them get a proper perspective.
Like little children, we need the reassuring words of our heavenly Father to help us in times of anxiety. Because no matter where you live, how much money you make, or what you do for a living, you’ll never be able to create a trouble-free life.
Job 5:7 says, “People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire” (nlt). Just when you get through that one conflict or difficulty, that one hardship or trial, another one will come. It always will be something.
I don’t say that to depress you but to prepare you. Understand, troubles do come. While there are reasons to be troubled, there is a greater reason not to be. Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1 nlt).
Jesus said this to His disciples in the Upper Room, after they learned He would be crucified. Needless to say, they were very stressed. Deep anxiety and fear filled their hearts.
But Jesus was saying, “Look, I haven’t brought you this far to abandon you now. I know what I’m doing. So I’m asking you to believe. I’m asking you to trust Me.”
When I don’t understand what is happening, I fall back on what I do understand: God is our Father who loves us and cares for us.
When a problem you’re facing fills your heart with anxiety and worry, remember this: God is bigger than your problem.
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