What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
Psalm 56:3-4 (King James Version)
Have you ever been afraid? If you claim that you have not, then you are only fooling yourself. At one time or another, we have all had times when fear had overwhelmed us. I remember one time when I was afraid. Let me tell you what happened and how I handled it.
In August of this year, my work had open enrollment for medical coverage. Since I was getting married in December, I decided to put my fiance onto my coverage. What I failed to notice however was how much the premium was that they would take out of my check every month.
I was in a state of shock when I found out after enrolling. The amount was so much that it would prevent me from affording my fiance’s wedding band and the honeymoon that I had planned! Frantically, I made requests to change my coverage. Unfortunately, they informed me that this was impossible until open enrollment next August. In the end, I had to decline my work coverage and purchase medical elsewhere.
During this whole ordeal, I was stressed beyond all measure; but most of all, I was very afraid. The circumstances I was in made the future look very bleak in my eyes. You might ask what I did to combat my fear? I only did what I always do when fear grips me. I got on my knees and cried out to the Lord; and when I prayed, it was with tears of despair.
When I did this, an amazing thing happened. The moment I prayed, believing that God would take care of me, the fear within me started to loosen its grip. Eventually, my fear became hope that was fueled by faith.
In Psalm 56:3-4, we are reminded that those who put their faith in the King of Kings have no more fear in their hearts. That is because they understand that He is far greater than any fear that is on this earth. Faith in God is the cure against all kinds of fear.
Now, if we believe that the Lord is with us, what then shall we fear? So the next time fear brings its ugly head up, turn to the King of Kings and trust Him to take care of it. That is exactly what I did. Even though times are tight right now financially, I am not worried about what the future will bring, because I trust in the Lord to provide for me in all things. I know this because He has done it before in my life and I have no doubt that He will do it again.