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"Too Fearful"

June 12, 2003

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Isaiah 12:2 "I will trust and not be afraid."

Trust and fear are opposites. The more we have of the one, the less we have of the other.

It is easy to fear. Cancer, nuclear weapons, recession, inflation, unemployment, tornadoes, marital and family problems -- all these plus many others strike fear into our human hearts.

But we need not be afraid. The secret of overcoming fear is to know God better and trust Him more. In the Old Testament we note how wonderfully God cared for His people. In the New Testament we see how God has taken care of the spiritual needs of all people by sacrificing His Son for the sins of the world. In the entire Scriptures we read God's many promises to be our Keeper and the Lover of our souls.

In our own life we see the evidences of God's care. He has brought us to faith in Jesus, heaped many spiritual blessings upon us, and guided us year after year. He has cared for our earthly and physical needs.

The more clearly we see God's care for His people in the past, the more we will trust Him to take care of our present and future needs. The more we trust Him, the less we fear and the more we can face every situation in life confidently saying, "I will trust, and not be afraid."

PRAYER: Lord, drive out of my heart every fear; and let me trust in Your grace daily. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Proverbs 5-7    John 20

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