“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.” David, mighty king David, the shepherd boy who faced the giant, prayed these words in Psalm 56:3.
My brother, my sister, if you have been walking with Jesus for any length of time, I’m sure you have encountered trials and difficulties and setbacks. There have been things that have caused you to be afraid, whether it’s an illness, a financial struggle, some relationship issue or misunderstanding. There are always battles we must face.
So the question isn’t so much whether we will face them, but how we will respond.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25–34 not to worry. Several times in these 10 verses He says, “Do not worry.”
When Jaihayal, whom you read about in this Harvest, discovered his uncle was becoming a drunkard, he responded with prayer. Jaihayal trusted God and surrendered his uncle into God’s hands, and God answered.
Oftentimes when we talk about surrendering to the Lord, we talk about surrendering gifts and talents, abilities, education and the like. But there is more to surrender than just that—we also must learn to surrender our fears, agonies, expectations and feelings of hopelessness when we just don’t know what to do.
When we are afraid, that is when we need to put our trust in God. When we relinquish our rights and our expectations about whatever it is that we are dealing with, peace and courage come into our hearts.
And so, may I encourage you as we continue in this journey: Let’s understand there will be challenges until we see Jesus face to face. When you finish one, there is often another one waiting for you. There is no shortcut, no easy way through. But understand this: He gives grace.
I pray you will find His grace to sustain you in whatever it is you are going through.
No matter what it is you are facing, I want to encourage you and remind you that you can trust Him with all your heart.