Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
I wonder if we fully realize that God is always with us and that we can always trust Him? One evidence of our faith in God is the extent to which we have given our fears to Him. Because if we’re trusting Him, then how could there possibly be any room for fear in our hearts? He gives peace, soothing peace, in response to our trust.
But what if we’re paralyzed with fear? What can we do about it? How do we learn to trust? Really trust?
Our relationship with God is much the same as our relationship with a close friend, sibling, or spouse. It’s a progression – we share information about ourselves a little bit at a time. As we become closer to that person, we open up more and more, and as they prove their trustworthiness, we share deeper thoughts and intimate secrets.
God is trustworthy. He’s proven that. However, we each have to allow Him to prove that on a tangible level in our personal lives. And as we come to understand his trustworthiness in our lives, we’ll open up and share our hearts. We’ll be drawn to Him, and we’ll find that trusting Him isn’t so hard after all.
Practically, a couple great ways to develop more trust in God and allow Him to allay our fears is to:
1. Immerse ourselves in His Word – it’s a “light to our feet and a lamp to our path” and as we read it’s pages we’ll find comfort, rest, and assurance in God that will boost our trust in Him.
2. Share our hearts – the joys, the happiness, the sorrows, the pain, the tears. He wants, He longs to hear everything on our hearts. As we express ourselves, we’ll be irresistibly drawn to trust the One who holds our future.
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8