We continue our reading program in the Psalms. This week's reading is Psalms 129-132. Read and take note of how God is with His people! You can download the entire Reading Schedule here.
Living in Fear by Steve Patton
“We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke; we fear the mole on the back, the new kid on the block, the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave. We sophisticate investment plans, create elaborate security systems, and legislate stronger military… but suffer depression and anxiety at record levels. Moreover, ‘ordinary children today are more fearful than psychiatric patients were in the 1950s.’” - copied
Recent world events only escalate the fear in peoples’ hearts. Now we even fear going to a restaurant, getting groceries or going to a concert. Every minute brings a new reason for anxiety to our existence. And so many are paralyzed by fear. Back during the Cold War I remember a story about a woman who was so paralyzed by fear of a Russian nuclear strike that she literally could no longer get out of bed in the morning. Living in constant fear is a terrible life. It immobilizes and paralyzes our very existence and sucks joy and peace out of our hearts.
“Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Those were the words of Jesus to his terrified disciples as He walked on the water to their storm-tossed fishing boat. He meant for his presence to immediately comfort and encourage them. It so perfectly illustrates the effect Jesus should have on our entire life. Though not physically present He is always with us (Matt. 28:20). He is always caring for us and in final control of all things. Remember His words to Martha at the tomb of Lazarus: “Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25). Do you believe Him? Then fear should not control your life. When you take your fears to God you leave them with Him, knowing he cares for you (1st Peter 5:7). And that is why Paul said you should worry about nothing! (Philip. 4:4-7). If you want fear removed from your life you must learn to trust God, turn your life fully over to Him and obey His Will. You will find peace.