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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

How to Replace My Fear With Trust

In 2 Corinthians 1:10 it says, “He did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.” (NLT)

Sometimes the fears in my life can be loud, demanding my attention. But I can trust that God is with me and for me and is more powerful than whatever I’m afraid of.

When the apostle Paul was in a frightening situation, he chose to trust God instead of giving in to his fear. When he did, here’s what he found to be true about God: “He did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us” (2 Corinthians 1:10 NLT).

Like Paul, I have a choice. I can also choose to believe God is watching over me, choose to trust him, and choose not to give in to my fears.

God promises believers that, no matter what happens to us, he is working for our goodif we love him and follow him: “Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 TLV). As a believer, God promises all things are working together for goodnot that all things are good but that they are working together for good.

That means I can stop listening to my fears because there is no difficulty, dilemma, defeat, or disaster in the life of a believer that God can’t ultimately get some good out of. There is no need to fear the future.

My fears reveal where I do not trust God. So, today, make a list of my fears and ask God to help me identify the reason I have them. Then ask him to help me replace my fears with trust.

Now, this is important: Expect God to start helping me learn to trust him with each fear. Then, watch to see how he does help.

In summary of this part of 2 Corinthians, Paul had said that under the many difficult trials they faced, they felt that they were going to die and realized that they could do nothing to help themselves-they simply had to rely on God. I know that I often depend too much on my own skills and abilities when life seems easy and only turn to God when I feel unable to help myself. But as I realize my own powerlessness without him and my need for his constant help in life, I should come to depend on him more and more. God should be my source of power, and I will receive his help by keeping in touch with him. With an attitude of dependence, problems will drive us to God rather than away from him. So I need to learn how to rely on God daily.

In my life I hesitate and almost fear making a direct phone call and speaking to someone without it already planned, such as in a conference call. In this I don’t give having trust in God to provide a source of power to overcome it. I have seen many ways where God has come through with other fears I’ve had, so I should come to rely and trust in him in this area as well.