Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)
Trust. Our relationships are based on it. Our marriages thrive on it. The love we feel for individuals depends on it. Without trust, we can be cynical, angry, and have a negative outlook regarding the relationships we have with people in our lives.
We know from our experiences, people around us will “let us down.” Humans by nature are sinful and they will disappoint us. Unfortunately, the impact our human relationships have on our trust can alter the way in which we trust God. The only type of trust we know is “earthly trust” and we consistently are reminded of the disappointments and the times individuals let us down.
God reminds us time and time again to put our hope and trust in Him.
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation (Psalm 13:5)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! (Psalm 40:4)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Fear. We make decisions because we are afraid. We don’t make decisions because we are afraid. Fear can be a catalyst, or it can cause paralysis. Fear can drive people to avoid failure and or drive them to seek success.
Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
…say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution He will come to save you.” (Isaiah 35:4)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
“I will trust and not be afraid.” How would our lives be different or improved if we were not afraid and we trusted God? Might we have a better outlook in life knowing that our God will always be there for us? Might we be happier knowing that no matter how difficult the situation, our God understands our pain and will be there to provide us peace and rest?
My prayer for you today is you trust in our Lord. Trust that his promises are real. I pray that you put aside your fear and know that God is always