When I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3
From the stock market to
ISIS to Donald and
Hillary, this world provides thousands of opportunities for us to be afraid.
And the internet provides thousands of opportunities to express that fear in
destructive ways. Fear and hopelessness are fast becoming our nation’s gross
national product. But fear is nothing new to humanity; we’ve just found faster ways to pump it into our brains. If you
were asked to rewrite this verse from your own experience, how would you end
it? “When I am afraid, I will _______.”
The Hebrew word translated “trust” means to be boldly confident. The same word in Arabic can mean “to throw oneself face down,” which is a good mental image of trusting God. In order to throw ourselves face down before God, we must be boldly confident of His character and of our relationship with Him. We are more likely to seek God in our fear when we have also sought Him in our joy. If we seek Him when the sun is shining, we are more confident to seek Him when the tornado threatens. But sometimes what we call “seeking God” really means “seeking a better version of myself.” Bold confidence cannot be based upon what we think God should do, because we will often be disappointed. Seeking God in every season means that we are positioning ourselves to be in agreement with the outcome He chooses, knowing that it is for our good.
How do you respond to fear? Are you positioning yourself to be in agreement with the outcomes He chooses?