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Fear and Trust

April 3, 2008

Earlier today, I was listening to the recent sermon from my old church on fear.  Josh Harris talked about how God is compassionate to us when we bring him our fears, and contrasted this to his reaction to his children’s fears.  “No, there are no wolves in Gaithersburg.  No alligators live in Maryland, and they are not under your bed.”  His point was that God is gracious toward us when we fear things, while he can get exasperated.  My mind immediately picked up on something else: that often, children don’t believe their parents when the parents assure them that this fear will not happen.

Take a walk down memory lane for a minute.  How many of us really believed our parents when they told us that no alligators were in the house, or that the closet lacked monsters?   I don’t remember being afraid of things (maybe Mom or Dad can correct me!), but I do remember my younger brother’s constant worries about monsters in the toilet.  We’d tell him that no, there were no monsters in the toilet, but this assurance took some time to actually sink in.  There was a lack of trust that we have all exhibited when our parents assured us that our fear wasn’t rational.

Is this not how we all treat God?  The Psalmist said that “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?” (Psalm  118:6).  How often have we heard God telling us not to fear, but to trust him?  And how often do we insist on continuing in our fears?  God is more powerful than anything we can be afraid of.  Why do we insist on acting like frightened children, not trusting that our Heavenly Father’s assurances that he is stronger than our fears?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    April 4, 2008 12:07 am

    I don’t remember you being afraid of anything either. I do remember the flush monster though! Thanks for the post Bran, I enjoyed reading it!

  2. Dad permalink
    April 7, 2008 1:22 am

    The problem lies when we constantly look at the problem and not the ultimate solution, which is trusting in God. When our eyes dwell on the things going on in our life, we can’t see how God will bring us through it. But His truth tells us that he will bring us through everything and we will come out more refined than when we started.

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