May 4, 2008
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Many of the fears that immobilize aren't all that fearful.
It was in 1825 that George Stephenson told the British government that his trains had a top speed of twelve miles per hour. He lied. Stephenson was fully aware his trains were capable of a lightning fast twenty miles per hour.
Now let me tell you why he lied. Stephenson didn't want to frighten away potential customers and investors. In that age, people thought that high speeds would cause mental problems. Even worse there was the fear riders would be suffocated as the pressure from the intense speed sucked all the air from their lungs.
Years from now, I imagine people will laugh at many of our fears as well.
In truth, every age and every individual has fears-both real and imagined. The question is, how do we deal with those things that terrorize us? When I say "we," I mean God and us.
In the Bible, the Lord says we are to cast our fears upon Him. God promises to lend His wisdom, power, and strength to those who are willing to trust Him as their loving Father. His offer of help is extended to young and old alike, to factual fears or imaginary phobias.
If your fears seem like they won't leave, maybe it would be wise to share their weight with the Lord who cares and has, through His Son's sacrifice, shown His willingness to help you carry them.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, I humbly cast all my anxieties on You. Thank You for sending Your Son to bear the weight of my sins through His life, death, and resurrection. Now may I confidently trust Him and the help He provides. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries