When I'm Afraid



There are many moments in life when we feel afraid. Perhaps you feel afraid when you think about money. When you think about where your adult children are in terms of their faith in Jesus. When you are prayerfully thinking through how to best share the Gospel with a sick and traditionally 'hostile to Christianity' relative.

There are many times in this life when we will feel afraid. That's a given! The question we need to consider is not so much whether we will feel afraid in life, but how does God call us to respond when we feel afraid?

It's fair to say that David had his fair share of trouble in his life and regularly felt afraid. At the time he wrote Psalm 56, he was on the run, trying to escape King Saul who was out to kill him. Can you imagine how he must have felt at times with Saul and all of his army hot on his heels?

And yet, when we read Psalm 56, we see a remarkable declaration from David as to how he responds when he is afraid. David writes in Psalm 56:3-4 (ESV):

"3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?"

Wow. That's how to respond when we are feeling afraid, isn't it *|FNAME|*?! David had every reason in the natural to feel afraid and give over to fear... but he didn't allow himself to, and instead chose to trust in God.

I want to encourage you *|FNAME|*, when you feel afraid in life - because you will! - choose to put your trust in God. He is trustworthy... He is powerful... He protects us and will help us through whatever scary situation we are facing so that we too can boldly declare as David did in Psalm 56:4b (ESV):

"... in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?"

Blessings,



Ps Joel Hawting

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