Why should I fear?

“Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me…” -Psalm 49:5 (ESV)

I’m going to be completely honest with you. My life has changed so much in the past year, been full of so many unexpected turns, that sometimes I’m afraid. It’s like I’m walking through life looking around each corner before continuing, making sure the coast is clear. I’m having a harder time trusting God these days.

It’s not that I don’t think God is on my side, or that He’s forgotten me. It’s not that I think He’s incapable of protecting me or providing for me. I just…worry. I want you to know that if you’re reading this and you’re going through something that causes you anxiety, fear, or worry, you’re not alone. You’re quite normal. It doesn’t mean you aren’t Christian enough or that you have lost your faith. It just means you’re struggling and you need the Lord’s help. Me too.

God’s Word instructs us again and again not to worry. If there’s a message He wanted to make clear, it’s that we can trust Him and we should give over our worries and our burdens to Him. He’s here for us, even when we don’t give it up easily. He doesn’t think less of us when trusting Him comes with some difficulty. He knows we need His help to trust Him more. He offers it.

So, here’s what I’m doing, and I invite you to join in. Everyday, I’m starting my day by telling God that I will trust Him today. I’m asking Him to help me where I’m lacking in trust, to give me an increase in faith when it doesn’t come to me easily. Then I’m thanking Him for all the times He’s already been there for me when I was afraid. I invite you to share your experience with this in the comments section.