I have been thinking a lot about fear lately. It is easy to let fear overtake us. To let it engulf us in the horrible pit of the “might be’s” of life. I can’t watch the news very much, because I will start thinking the worst case scenario about what could happen to my children.
We’re afraid of predators.
We’re afraid of chemicals in our food.
We’re afraid we haven’t spent enough quality time with our children.
We’re afraid we haven’t given our children enough opportunities.
We’re afraid we will miss an opportunity.
We’re afraid of a possible bad outcome, so we bypass opportunities.
We’re afraid of the next step.
We’re afraid of what others think.
We’re afraid of what we think of ourselves.
We’re afraid to be vulnerable.
We’re afraid to be confident.
We’re afraid of the choices our kids make. Or will make.
We’re afraid of living.
We’re afraid of dying.
Fear is a common thread in our lives. It is an understandable fear if we are trying to run our own lives. I think that we all understand, even the most self-sufficient of us, that there will be a time when things spiral outside of our control. Things happen that we didn’t intend: Our children make poor choices and have to suffer the consequences. We unexpectedly lose a job. Sickness hits our family.
But for those of us that understand that a Sovereign God is ruling the world, there should not be fear. God holds the universe in His hands. He holds the kings and leaders of our world in His hand. He even knows when a tiny sparrow falls to the ground. Nothing will happen to me or my children that God did not allow.
Does that mean I just wipe my hands and not try to protect my children and make wise choices. Of course not. God uses our choices and decisions. But in the end I have to trust. In the end, I can trust. Because I know who holds the world in His hands.
We sing a song often with our kids. It is straight from Scripture.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
We sing it during our “Bible time.” We sing it when the kids are afraid of the dark. We teach them that God is the one we put our trust in. (The song comes from this CD, which is an excellent way to teach children Scripture as each song is straight Scripture verses).
And, I find myself singing it to myself. When I can sense that fear is getting ready to engulf me. When I am afraid for my kids. When I start thinking “what if…” I must put my trust in a Sovereign, loving Savior.
Because He tells me, that when I am afraid, I can trust in Him. So I trust.