If life has made you afraid, trust God!

Psalm 56:3-4 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me.”

So many of us long to grow in our trust in the Lord. It does not always come easily to us. When difficulties and unknowns surround us, our minds can race, and our hearts can pound. However, there is peace waiting for us at all times found in the Holy Spirit. One of the fruits that He offers in our lives is peace. When we are afraid, we are invited to put our trust in God. Notice the action word put. We don’t simply trust, we have to actively choose to trust. We have to fight to make a decision to rely on Him and not ourselves.

We see the Psalmist act on this in that he trusts in God and is not afraid. He reminds himself what people can do to him, we too, are welcomed into this lifestyle of full trust in the Lord. It is not always easy, but it is worth praying for and asking for this kind of confidence in our God, who is more than worthy of our trust.

Dear Lord,

So often, I turn to fear and anxiety quicker than I turn to You. Help me to be active in placing my trust in You. You are sovereign and in control of all. You have said that You will keep those who trust in You in perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3-4) You have said that the person who trusts in you is blessed. (Psalm 40:4) You have promised that you will make my path straight when I trust in You with all my heart and do not depend on my understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Enable me today to hear from You. Speak words of peace to me. Remind me that You are in control and You love me so much. Help me to see You at work even in the challenges in life. Remind me that You will work all things together for my good and Your glory. Show me how You are Perfect Love and that You cast out fear. (1 John 4:18) God, remove any anxious way in me, redirect my thoughts and help me to take lies from the enemy captive, and show me Your strength when I feel weakened by my flesh and the enemy.

Thank you for reminding me in Luke 12:24, “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Even the most wandering of birds are not forsaken by You. You have everything in the safety of Your hands. You care so much more for me than flowers and birds. I am made in Your image. I am Your child. Help me to go to You for everything. Whether the smallest concern or the largest worry, I place it into Your care.

Thank You for not allowing me to sit in anxiety and fear. Thank You for pushing me out of my comfort zone to trust You and holding my hand as You lead me on narrow paths. Remind me that You are always with me when I feel afraid. Give me the boldness to take steps of faith and not cower in fear. You have “not given me a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Remind me who I am in You today and each day. Enable me to put on Your armor and to live victoriously because Jesus, you already won the battle. Remind me that I am a champion with You. When I feel weak or unable to be brave, show me how You have already been brave for me, and I get to walk in that victory with my Savior.

I praise You for being compassionate and kind. Thank You for loving me and being with me through everything always. I pray that I will grow each day in my trust in my more than capable God. Amen.


Author E. Dan