“When I am afraid I will put my trust in You.” Psalm 56:3
Fear is common among both humans and animals. It’s one of the weapons that our enemy uses to make us stumble; stop us in our tracks from going forward in our walk with God. Fear is so prevalent in the world that they are all classified into different names that end with the term “Phobia”. I should accept here that I do have a fear of heights (Acrophobia) and of birds (Ornithophobia). You may wonder what, but I fear birds and their feathers, they seem creepy. That’s the moment of truth, now on to the devotional. It’s said that the statement ‘Do not be afraid’ is used 365 times in the Bible, which we may assume that God wants to give us one for each day throughout the year. We fear when we lose trust in something. We get into a bus and sleep all along without having any fear at all for we simply trust the bus driver, whom we hardly know. We trust the restaurant and the cook when we dine out. We trust the traffic signals and we stop when it is red and start when it turns green. We blindly follow all things without giving much of a thought. But when it comes to God, we have our own reservations. God doesn’t want us to be overcome by fear but that we would come to Him as little children who willingly trust in Him and accept His Love for us. The Bible says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit came into us the moment we declared Christ as our Lord and Saviour and He is the seal that we belong to Christ (Refer Ephesians 1:13). So the Psalmist says, “whenever I am afraid, I will put my trust in You” (Psalm 56:3). He didn’t say that I will never fear again, but confesses that whenever fear comes, he would rather look unto God and put his trust in Him. I heard a Pastor preach in a sermon lately about a very young girl who recently believed in Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. She used to be afraid of so many things. But now that she is in Christ, she is no more afraid. When asked how and why, she just calmly said – Previously I used to answer the door of fear when it came knocking, but now I don’t answer the door anymore but I ask Jesus, “Jesus, would you please answer the door for me? And when He answers the door, the fear is gone.” This is such a profound thought from a young Girl, who learned to blindly and recklessly trust and put herself in the loving arms of Jesus. The Bible also talks about people who feared God out of reverence. We should not think that God instils fear in us, instead when we closely see the fear comes out of reverence for the goodness of God. When the woman with the issue of blood was cured from her disease, she came out fearing and trembling knowing that she was healed (Refer Mark 5:33). Similarly when Jesus asked Peter to cast the nets and when they caught large quantities of fish, Peter said “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord” (Luke 5:8). The Goodness of Christ made Peter realise that he is a sinful man and so he feared Him out of reverence. Then immediately Jesus said to Peter, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men” Luke (5:10). God calls us to live a life completely trusting in His love for us as little children do, knowing that He is always by our side to cast all our fears.