When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. (Psalm 56:3)
Fear is Near– Muscles tense, Thoughts implode, Clarity fades, Reason irrationalizes, Anxiety thrives– Peace is Distant.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. (Matthew 6:30-34)
Fear is like a thief in the night, stealing God’s promises from us,
as we toss and turn in restless slumber.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)
His peace has been given to us. It is now—and everlasting. Only our fear and anxiety can make us question His promises, lose sight of His gifts, and cast His hope away.
Yet, He is near, sending us a lifeline back to Him.
When anxiety was great within me,
Your consolation brought me joy.
FEAR separates us from God’s loving, outstretched hand.
FEAR separates us from Jesus waiting on the other side of the door.
FEAR holds us back from opening ourselves to Him to receive His peace.
FEAR allows anxiety to grow and create a vacuum, a space devoid of God’s hope.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD— EXCEPT US.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) AMEN!
(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/29/2020) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word