QUESTION: Which is stronger in your life - faith or fear?
God never promised Christians freedom from fear or immunity from trouble. Nor are we assured that every day will be filled with sunshine and smiling flowers. But He did promise His presence and power.
Unfortunately, it is our thoughts of terrible things that bring us worry and fear.
We often think about our past: our failures and flaws. Or we think about the future: the “might” happens or the “surely” will occur.
When we confess our shortcomings of the past, God forgives them and forgets them. And if we allow Him, He can and will turn them into triumphs and our setbacks into successes.
But what of the future? We must commit it to our God because He is in control of tomorrow - not circumstances of fate. He can turn what we see as obstacles into opportunities and what threatens us into triumphs.
Sir Henry Lauder was an internationally known Scottish entertainer. He visited many hospitals where the wounded were recovering. One day he received news that his son had been killed in combat. He turned to a friend and said, “At a time like this a man can turn to many things that could destroy him. I will turn to Christ.”
The Psalmist said, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear...”
Prayer: Give us, Lord, the peace of Your presence and the guarantee of Your guidance in uncertain times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 112:7-8 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.