- Justin Brownlee
Changes with Trust
The news media can be a great source for getting caught up on all the current events, but it can also be the source for fears. We get stories about the Coronavirus, the economy, and all the sensational pieces from the national to the local level. No matter our age or stage of life, we don't have to look long or hard to find something to worry about.
We can take steps to protect ourselves from danger, but the fear is still there. That's because true peace, the kind that surpasses all understanding, only comes from trusting in God as our source of safety.
When we recognize we are all God's sons and daughters, a shift in perspective takes place. It is then that we are able to declare this statement, just like the psalmist: "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust'" (Psalm 91:1).
Think about the person who makes you feel the safest, the person you’d go anywhere with. The boldness you feel with him or her on your side is a shadow of the confidence that comes from recognizing God is with us wherever we go.
The worst the world can throw at us - disease, disaster, insult - was dealt with on the cross. Death has been cancelled. Fear has been cancelled. And we can walk boldly into anything God calls us to.
Sometimes, in our efforts to "stay safe," we erect walls that keep us from the exact people Jesus called us to reach. Our job isn't to judge others who think differently than we do but to point others to the cross (Romans 14:13).
We don't have to have an answer to every question. All we need is to show the same grace, compassion, and care God shows us. To love and lead them with the hope of Jesus.
When we do, we become the kinds of people others run to for safety. People who hear without judgment and share without reservation. People who make others feel safe sharing their doubts and fears, their excitement, and their dreams.
What do you fear? What keeps you up at night? When we're afraid or overwhelmed, God invites us to call on Him and He promises to answer us (Psalm 91:15).
How does knowing God is with you change how you approach your day today?
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