“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust inYou. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).
Fear, trust—How can those two words be in the same context together?They are contradictory to each other.
They are opposites.When one of these is present, the other cannot remain. It reminds me of a time when my girls were young, and we went to an amusement park. My young- est was always afraid of everything. If it moved, she was scared of it. I convinced her to get on a ride by telling her that al- though I knew she was scared, I wasn’t, and because I loved her, I wouldn’t let her do anything that would bring harm to her. So even though her fear remained, she trusted me enough to climb aboard the ride. Immediately, the Lord reminded me that this was the way I should trust Him.
How can we learn to trust instead of being fearful of every- thing?We can’t, but throughout God’sWord, we read of how He will sustain us and teach us to trust. But, how can we learn to trust anyone or anything when life seems so uncertain? Most of the time, we have no control over the circumstances or situations that arise in our lives.We try so hard to put our trust in others, or in things, but we are consistently let down and disappointed.The opportunity for fear to present itself is always there.
I don’t wake up each morning fearful that I can’t stand up. I just get up trusting that I’m going to be able to walk. I take each breath, trusting that I’m going to breathe, not fearful that I won’t.We trust the things that we know and take for granted
the things that are familiar.We don’t even think about them.
It seems easier to trust in our own way of figuring things out. At least we know what we’re going to do.There’s no guessing about it.We trust in the tangible—things we can see with our natural eyes and feel with our hands.
I heard someone say one time, “I choose to trust the Lord as an act of my will, not as a response to my emotions.” If our emotions take control of us, we will most always be fearful of one thing or another. I always remember that my heavenly Father has kept everything I have ever committed to Him. He’s always taken care of me.The Lord will always prove that He is worthy of your trust, so choose to trust Him today.