Trust is Greater than Fear

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. – (Proverbs 29:25, NLT)

Fear can be a trap, but if you trust in the Lord, you will be safe. – (Proverbs 29:25, ERV)

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. – (Proverbs 29:25, MSG)

 

Fear is a funny thing; it can prevent us from becoming the very person that God intended us to be. Incredibly, when we walk forward in faith, despite our fear, God meets us and leads us to the places we are meant to go. We grow bolder in our becoming, and discover so much more than we ever knew before. As we place our trust in God, rather than allow human opinion to adjust our sails, we discover the fullness and blessing beheld in all that He has for us. The joy and blessing found on the other side of fear are well worth the walk of faith. God has good in store for us. Often, we have to “climb the mountain” to arrive at the place where we are best able to appreciate the incredible view. May we release all fear into Your hands, trusting You to keep us safe.

 

Help us to not fear, The Favor of Forgiveness

For all that fear does;

Stop our momentum,

Trap us in what was.

But, trusting in God,

Our protection plan;

As He leads and guides,

Grants us strength to stand.

So, choose to fear not,

And trust in the Lord;

Keep moving in faith,

As grace He’ll afford.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us past our fears. Thank You that as we bring our fears to You, You take them and grant us strength and safety to keep moving in the direction to which You have called. Forgive us for allowing fear to paralyze us and prevent us from being who You designed us to be or doing the things intended for us alone. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would face our fears with faith, as faith fuels our fight to keep forging forward. Show us how to love those around us in a way that eases fears and strengthens faith. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we place our fears in Your hands and trust You to protect us and provide for us as we seek to become who You have created us to be. Amen.

 
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13

Show Me in Silence

“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.” – Job 6:24

photo by Victor Schueller

Even after such extensive loss and the addition of extreme physical anguish, Job still cried out to God, honestly seeking Him.  More than that, he wanted to know how he had sinned, and was in search of either restoration or an end to such suffering.

It is easy to ask for our suffering to cease when we are in a space of pain.  My default is rarely, “teach me, and I will be quiet.”  Rather, it seems that I must wrestle with the wreckage a bit before I recognize the reality that I must simply be still before Him, and ask Him to teach me to trust.  As He instructs, He corrects, redirects, and creates calm in the eye of the storm.  He alone is our Source and our space of comfort, correction and peace; ever present, and always available to extend His hands to hear our hearts through the heartache.

Though life can be hard, even agonizing at times, God is ALWAYS good.  He is always the same; never swayed by our circumstances, nor by our lack of faith.  “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13 

He who dwells in us will whisper softly to our hearts so that we might hear Him, even in the depths of darkness and despair.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are far more faithful than our frail eyes can see.  Please show me where I have been wrong and lead me to the light of Your forgiveness and grace.  Remind me to be quiet before You, so that I might hear Your instruction and understand how I am to allow Your strength to stand, rather than my own.  Lead us to learn how to lean on You, and not our own understanding.  In that space, of total dependence on Your grace, may all hearts be ushered into Your holy place.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present