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by Linda Veath

When I am afraid, I will trust in You. ~ Psalm 56:3 NIV

Yes, I will admit it. I am afraid right now, and I have a feeling I’m not alone.

The nations of the world are facing things we have never faced before. Some even wonder if the Second Coming isn’t far away. After all, there are signs in the Bible (Matthew 25) that point to today’s headlines. Earthquakes and tornadoes. Wars and killings. Economic and employment concerns.

It would be easy to let these things crowd our thoughts and create fear in our lives. But that’s not what God wants from us. Instead, we should be digging deeply into His Word. Kneeling before Him and praying for our country, our city, our neighborhood. It’s time that we let His light shine brightly. It’s time for us to share the beauty of His Holy Word. We may not be able to congregate for worship, but we can worship Him in small groups.

When fear starts to take hold of me, I seek shelter in God’s Word.

You [God] have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat. ~ Isaiah 25:4 NIV

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, to whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation… ~ Psalm 18:2 NIV

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. ~ Psalm 57:1 NIV

You will keep in perfect peace Him whose mind is steadfast, because He trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. ~ Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV

For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide, even to the end. ~ Psalm 48:14 NIV

We don’t need to worry about our future. We need to remember what God has done in our past. True security can be found in Him alone. Wherever we are, He is. In a broken world we have no guarantees except that He can be trusted. Nothing happens that is beyond His power.

No matter what we fear, the answer is the same — praising Jesus. When we are afraid, we can trust in Him. Always and forever. Amen.