3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? — Psalm 56:3-4
When you are afraid, to whom or what do you turn? When kids are afraid, they might look to their mom or dad for affirmation or comfort. When patients are afraid, they look to nurses or doctors to provide understanding. Some people might turn to drugs or alcohol to minimize or avoid their fear. Others might binge eat or deprive themselves of food. In moments of fear, whom or what we turn to can tell a lot about who we are and where our trust lies.
All of us have felt fear at some point in our lives. Feeling afraid can be a good thing when it keeps us out of trouble or keeps us from making decisions that might harm us or others. From public speaking to spiders, we can all find ourselves in moments of fear.
But there is one situation where fear cannot exist. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear….So the one who fears is not complete in love.”
Fear indicates we are lacking in love, and thus love is the key to overcoming fear in our lives. John tells us that not only is love from God, but God is the very definition of love. The more we grow in our relationship with God, the more our fears are eliminated by His perfect love.
When we are afraid, we will run to anything that will provide safety or comfort. The problem is those things often fail us. What if we could put our trust in Someone who never fails? David was confident in the One in whom he could trust. Throughout the Psalms we read of his confidence in the faithful love of God. Even after being seized by the Philistines, he was able to write these words.
There are a lot of things in the world to be afraid of. I encourage you to turn to the One whose perfect love can cast out any and every fear.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- To whom or what do you turn when you are afraid?
- What fears in your life need to be driven out by perfect love?
- Print or write out these verses. Keep them close in times when you are afraid.