Overcoming Fear

overcoming Fear

As I was trying to decide what to write about today, I thought of a devotional I had written for the Upper Room Devotional Magazine on fear.  The devotion below was printed on November 11, 1999, almost fourteen years ago.  I still struggle with fear and worry, but it is less paralyzing for me and I try to take my own advice and give my fears and worries to God through reading scripture and prayer.

“If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the Lord, who is my refuge-then no harm will befall you.” Psalm 91:10 (NIV)

My husband’s job in the military once required him to spend days, sometimes weeks, away from home.  His absence caused me a great deal of stress because I do not like to stay alone.  After checking the locks on all the doors and windows, I would lay awake at night listening for noises.  Fear clutched at my heart as I imagined all the terrible things that could happen.

During those long, sleepless nights, I began to think about fear and its effect on my relationship with God.  I decided to turn to the word of God for guidance in dealing with my fears.  I found many passages that describe God’s promise to love and protect me, but I also saw that I need to trust in God’s love.

     My husband is not away as much as he used to be, but when I am alone, I’m no longer afraid.  When I begin to feel uneasy, I turn to God’s word.  Through reading the scripture and saying prayers, my fear fades away.  I realize I am never alone because I am surrounded by God’s never-ending love.

Prayer: God, help us to remember you are with us always, and when we are afraid, to trust in you completely. Amen

Trusting God can help us to face our fears and to overcome them.  Do you struggle with fear?  How do you cope with it?  We would love to hear feedback from you in the comments.