Have you ever been afraid? I was told once that fear is simply: False Evidence Appearing Real. (F.E.A.R.) There is much truth in that acronym. Most of the things we fear rarely comes to pass. And yet we continue to worry and be afraid. Why do we do this? The Psalmist said, “What time I am afraid I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3) Trusting God helps chase away fear. So, what stops us from trusting the Lord more?
Maybe we “fear” because of the number of overwhelming things that are important to us. We worry about personal issues like family problems, health, finances, and our children. We worry about worldly issue’s like the economy, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, Russia and North Korea. There is no shortage of things to worry about. And when we worry we usually become afraid.
Thank God for the antidote to fear which is “Trust!” Did you know that you cannot Trust God and fear at the same time? Those two things cannot coexist at the same time. One replaces the other. Where one is, the other cannot be. To choose to fear is to choose not to trust. To choose to trust is to choose not to fear. It really is that simple.
But how do you learn to trust God? You must walk with Him. You have to know His Word. You have to apply his principles to your life. Both trusting and fearing are acquired tastes. You learn both traits over time. The more you trust the less you will fear and the more you fear, the less you will trust.
Life is about making choices. The next time something happens and you must make a choice, choose to trust. I close with three great scriptures about fear and trust:
- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
- For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7
- There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear must do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. – 1 John 4:18
Today, I choose “trust.” What about you?
Pastor Scott A. Carlson