Written by: Tim Wood
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
One of our core values at Evergreen Valley Church states this: “I will trust God in all areas of my life.” This core value supports our vision of developing a relationship with God. One of the best ways to grow in our relationship with God is to trust Him. Every day I can choose to trust God. In every situation I can choose to trust God. However, it’s difficult to trust God when everything seems to be falling apart. It’s difficult to trust God when you’re afraid.
Fear is a primal emotion and it’s experienced by everyone, even those we think are strong. I just finished reading an autobiography about Chuck Yeager who broke the sound barrier as a test pilot in 1947. Yeager admitted to being afraid several times in his life and not just in an airplane. Even the strongest and heroic among us experience the intimidation of fear in their life. We all do.
David was well acquainted with fear. In Psalm 56, he mentions being afraid three times. In verses 3 and 4 he writes, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”
Again, in verse 11 he writes, “In God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” David describes what is causing his fears. People are trampling him, oppressing him and attacking him. People are stirring up strife and watching his steps. David can either fear what people are doing or trust God. He chooses to trust God.
He doesn’t say: “When I am afraid, I will panic. When I am afraid, I will fall to pieces or run and hide.” NO! David says, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” David chooses to trust God’s power. God’s providence. God’s promises. We can too.
Trusting God is being confident that God’s positives are greater than my negatives. Trusting God is a lasting antidote to fear.
Whatever is causing fear in your life you can choose to say, “I will put my trust in God.” What a great truth to keep in the front of our minds, “I will not fear; I will trust God.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)