This month we started to think about our fears. We have found that holding onto the truth of Jesus’ person and work while shifting our focus to things eternal are a few ways that Jesus encourages us to fight against fear. All of these principles are linked, including the one we are going to discuss today, that of passing trust from ourselves to Jesus.
I came across a quote from John Piper, a pastor that I respect this week and he had this to say about fear, “Do you trust Jesus enough to be carefree?” This struck me because it is not always true of me. Often, I care more about what might happen to me instead of trusting Jesus.
John Calvin had this to say: “That our faith may rest truly and firmly in God, we must take into consideration at the same time these two parts of his character – his immeasurable power, by which he is able to subdue the world under him; and his fatherly love which he manifested in his Word. When these two things are joined together, there is nothing which can hinder our faith from defying all the enemies which may rise up against us, nor must we doubt that God will succor us, since he has promised to do it; and as to power, he is sufficiently able also to fulfill all his promises, for he is the God of armies.”
God is completely trustworthy. We know that he is both all-powerful and all-loving. When those two attributes of God are linked as they are, we know that God is going to take care of us. He knows what is best and wants what is best for us.
Perhaps our fear is because we have been trusting in ourselves instead of Jesus. When we look at everything going on in the world and in our lives, it is easy to get discouraged and think there is no hope but there is hope in Jesus. What has you afraid? The chaos in the world? Your future? The condition of the United States? What others think?
Identify your fear, give it to Jesus, and walk forward in courage trusting that God is good and all-powerful.
I ask you; do you trust Jesus enough to be carefree?
In Christ, Pastor Michael Covey
“The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – whom shall I be afraid? One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I see: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” -Psalm 27:1, 4
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