Hope for Fearful Hearts

Fear, it is a gnawing feeling eating at our insides. The world, and our perceptions of it, send the message we are vulnerable and in danger. Our nervous senses cry out in reaction. If prolonged emotional distress, it can be exhausting. Soon, we realize, "I am out of control, I don't know what to do or how to cope".

When suffering from panic attacks or anxiety issues, we loose all sense of control. One feels an entire lack of managing, full of fractured turmoil. Yet, if we are prone to fear or worry, we use control over life in an attempt to appease anxiety. As anyone will realize, life is not controllable beyond the rudimentary. Even this can be taken away. There will be circumstances and trials we face, as well as dealing with our own reactions to them. Trying to appease anxiety with control may seem to work in the short term, but it bites back over time, creating a repeating circle of trauma.

The blessing for those who suffer, is God is in complete sovereign control over all things, despite what we see or experience. We can trust Him, knowing He has us in the palm of His hands, even when what is happening is very hard. This is a great help because it is not abstractly true or religious wishful thinking. It is objectively true because God is the God who is there, He is the God who is. He is the living God who knows us more intimately than we know ourselves, yet transcending circumstance in almighty power and mercy. God is quite aware of our brokenness, using our weakness to graciously draw us to Himself.

If we have taken the step to receive Christ, it is all about relationship. Rather than an aloof idea of some vague supreme being, God is our loving Father. We cling to Him for our very lives, our every breath, in the depths of our most harrowing moments. He asks us to release control and invite Him to take the reins. We are able to do this knowing He's got this. He really does. We are safe with Him.

Our Fathers grace and mercy are joy in the midst of pain. Difficult times will come, yet His Son is the light of life, full of grace and truth for each day.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread? (Psalm 27:1, NASB)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1, NASB)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3, KJV)

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