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Peace When I Am Afraid

In the uncertain times that we live in, fears are lurking behind every corner – especially because we are forced to wrestle with the fact that we are not in control. We don’t know where this all goes, or how it looks a year from now. We have little resources available to force our world to conform to our desires. At times of great uncertainty, it can be easy to allow doubts about God to creep in – why is He allowing this to happen? When will He put things back to “normal”?

I don’t know what God is up to in all of this, but I firmly believe that He is up to something good. Yet, I am as prone as anyone else is to anxiety. The question is where will I go with it? To whom will I express my worries and fear? I have been thinking about this for a little while – before “global pandemic” became part of our regular vocabulary. Fear was something we dealt with before “quarantine” became the new normal, and it is something we will surely wrestle with even after it ends. 

When I fear, I have learned that I must speak the truth to my fears by using His Word to proclaim who He is. I quiet my heart with truth about God. He is God who established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103:19). He does all that He pleases (Psalm 115:3). His purposes stand forever, and nothing shall stop them (Isaiah 14:24-27). He can do all things and no purpose of His can be stopped (Job 42:1-3). He is Christ who is for me – what can man do to me? (Romans 8:31). He is God, who is great in might and strong in power (Isaiah 40:25-26). He is the King of Glory who is Lord over the armies of heaven (Psalm 24:10). He is God whose Word became flesh in the form of a baby and He lived among us (John 1:14). He came to bring life (John 10:10), to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29), and to adopt me as His child (Romans 8:14-17).

I could go on…forever. The point is this: God’s sovereign control over this world becomes a great comfort to me when I remember what He went through to save me. If He was not good and if He did not love, His sovereign control should terrify me and give me no peace. But the Bible continually reminds me that He is a good God and He does good (Psalm 119:68). His power and purposes comfort me because they exist in the context of a God who is for me. My anxious thoughts are met with peace in the knowledge of God. He is love. But He is not a powerless God, who loves and must hope that somehow things will all work out in the end. He is love; and He is forever in sovereign control.

Because of this, there is no greater solution to my fears than to remind myself of who God is.   

In the One who is our peace,

Beth Claes

ARH Blog Contributor

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