We can trust God be­cause he is greater than our fears

Connecticut Post - - ADVICE/GAMES - From the writ­ings of the Rev. Billy Gra­ham

Dear Dr. Gra­ham: I ad­mit I’m a wor­rier, but with all the bad things that go on in the world to­day, how can I help it? The world is a scary place, and ter­ri­ble things hap­pen all the time. My hus­band says I shouldn’t worry so much. I guess it’s just my per­son­al­ity.

Mrs. K.D.

Dear Mrs. K.D.: Our per­son­al­i­ties are all dif­fer­ent, and per­haps you tend to be more fear­ful than most peo­ple. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do any­thing about it — and in fact you should, be­cause God doesn’t want us to be pris­on­ers to fear. The Bi­ble urges us to “do what is right and do not give way to fear” (1 Peter 3:6).

Some fears are le­git­i­mate, of course; we should fear a poi­sonous snake or a drunk driver, and take steps to avoid them. We also should fear sins that grip our lives, be­cause we know they will de­stroy us. But some fears are not le­git­i­mate — that is, they don’t have any ba­sis in re­al­ity. The Bi­ble says, “flee from all this, and pur­sue right­eous­ness, god­li­ness, faith, love, en­durance and gen­tle­ness” (1 Ti­mothy 6:11).

The key is to learn to trust God, no mat­ter what our fears are. And we can trust Him, be­cause he loves us, and he is greater than any­thing we’ll ever face. Fur­ther­more, when we know Christ, we know he is with us every mo­ment of the day — and that should give us great com­fort.

Com­mit your life to Christ, and then when fears come, pray to God. Fo­cus on Christ in­stead of your fears, and your fears will be­gin to fade.

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