Fear v. God: Yeah, but . . .

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah” (Psalms 46:1-3)

What’s the worst that could happen? It’s one thing to say, “God is our refuge and strength.” But our human tendency is to immediately come up with a list of “yeah, buts.”

fear_350“Yeah, but what if I get cancer?” “Yeah, but what if my parents get divorced?” “Yeah, but what if I get fired or get dumped or lose everything that matters most?”

The writer went to his own worst case scenario: What if there’s an earthquake so terrible that it pitches the mountains into the ocean and the ocean on top of us? What then?

Even then, he says, “We will not fear.” Why? Because God is our refuge and strength, bigger than that worst case scenario we can dream up. “Yeah, but what if it happens anyway?” Come back tomorrow.

Think: How many “yeah, buts” do you have that in your mind are bigger than God’s power to help you through them? What can you do to start to see God as bigger than the scenarios that scare you most?

Pray: Ask God to help you to trust him enough to allow you to kill your fear of even the worst things you can imagine.

Do: Ask a good Christian friend you respect how they keep their fears from growing bigger than their faith in God.