Where do you turn for comfort when you are afraid?
September 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

Truth be told, when I was kid I was afraid of the dark. I was a master at procrastinating. I’d find every excuse to get out of bed once I was tucked in. “I need to go to the bathroom. I need a drink of water. I think I left something in the living room. I’m hungry.”  I’d go through the same back and forth routine with my mom every night at bedtime, because I was afraid. No matter how old I get, I still deal with fear on a regular basis. Only now when I lay awake in bed at night it’s not fear of the dark that haunts me…it’s fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of letting go, fear of self-image, fear of trying new things, fear of being uncomfortable, fear of what the future holds, fear of not having enough money, fear of not making enough time for my wife and kids, fear of the world that my kids are growing up in…fear, fear, fear.


The enemy tries to plant that fear like a melody in my head. It plays loudly like a song that you just can’t get out of your head. But it rarely lasts because the melody of God’s word in Psalm 56:3 plays even louder.  It’s like a timeless anthem that makes me want to stand and sing along at the top of your lungs in a stadium of 10,000 people.  How about you? Does the melody of fear play loudly in your head? What fears do you take to bed with you and how do you handle them? Over and over God’s Word tells us that we don’t have to be afraid because He is with us. Check out the words of the Prophet Isaiah that served as God’s nightlight for the Nation of Israel during their time of fear and uncertainty as they wandered and waited on God to lead them into the Promised Land:


“But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” Isaiah 43:1-3 God wanted the Nation of Israel to trust him and not be paralyzed by their fears and uncertainties. He reassured them that He made them, He saved them, and He was with them no matter what because they were His children. Perhaps that’s what God wants us to remember when we are plagued by the melody of fear. No matter how rough the waters are, how high the waves appear, or how hot the flames may seem, we are his children, ransomed and rescued by His Son Jesus, and He is with us no matter what.


What’s the song of fear that plays loudly, over and over in your head? Where do you turn for comfort when you are afraid? God’s word is like a melody of assurance that He is with us, He will never abandon us, and He can be trusted no matter what. Take a moment and memorize Psalm 56:3 so that in times of fear you can be reminded that you are not alone-the Lord is with you. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” What’s the song of fear that plays loudly, over and over in your head? Where do you turn for comfort when you are afraid?


This is my Prayer: Father God, I will trust in You when I am afraid. Lord in the midst of the darkness, help me to see Your light is always there to guide me and comfort me.  Jesus teach me not have to fear for You are with me. Thank you for never leaving my side. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.