I am sure that I don’t need to tell you that fear and insecurity can cripple every aspect of your life, if you let it. In the world there are solutions to these problems – medication, self help seminars, positive thinking courses etc. But as Christians we have the ultimate solution. Indeed we have the only true solution – The LORD our God, through the blessed love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Everything else is, at the end of the day, counterfeit to this.
Fear and insecurity have the same root – lack of trust. No matter what source the fear or insecurity has, lack of trust is the cause. If you are frightened of flying in a plane, you lack the trust that the plane will be able to make the journey; if you worry about being made redundant at work, then you do not trust your employer to keep your job safe.
Of course, these things in life are ultimately transient in nature – they will ebb and flow and are not stable. Why would you trust in the engineering work of a flawed and imperfect human being, or in the wisdom of a human being, who cannot even see what tomorrow will bring? The true stability in your life – the true rock – is the LORD. We need to know that when we put our trust in God, that it is in a very safe place indeed.
But how can we know the solution is in God? If we turn to the truth of scripture, we see it before us in black and white. Deuteronomy 31:8 says “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” And then in the Gospel of Matthew (6:31-34) we read the words of Jesus himself, who clearly confirmed the truth that we need not fear or be anxious:
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness”
Take comfort in the words of your saviour when he tells you clearly that the LORD – your heavenly Father – knows what you need. Jesus also gives us the perfect alternative to fear and anxiety. He tells us that instead of worry and fear we should focus our attention on ‘seek[ing] the kingdom of God’.
So as you look to the kingdom of God;reminding yourself of the truth of scripture; surrounding yourself with Christian brothers and sisters to stand in faith with you as you face your problems; as you pray and listen for his guiding voice; your fears and anxieties will drift away like the fading memory of a bad dream, and you will come to know the real truth that is encapsulated in every moment of every day – that it is not the wisdom of your boss that keeps your job safe, nor is it the skill of the engineer that keeps your plane flying, but it is the safe and secure hand of the Lord that cradles you and keeps you safe, and if your God is for you, who could possibly stand against you?