Do you feel isolated, hurt or afraid and have no one to talk to?
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).
“Although he was under the sentence of death, he went about his duties of helping the sick and wounded cheerfully,” a Belgian national said of Dr. Paul Carlson, the missionary martyr of the Congo. “Some of us whom he attended and encouraged didn’t even know then that he was the man who was scheduled to be executed on Monday. There was a real man!”
By his courage and serenity, Dr. Carlson was a testimony for Jesus Christ up until the moment a rain of bullets cut his life short. For Christ he had gone to the Congo to bring the gospel and heal the sick. For Christ he returned to the Congo after evacuating his wife and children, knowing full well he might never see them again in this life.
Where did he get such courage? From his Lord, Jesus Christ.
The Torment of Fear
Fear and anxiety trouble many people today. Many fear war, diseases, criminal attacks, relatives, or other people. Anxiety about our jobs, finances, health, marriage, children, family, or church may trouble us and cause us sleepless nights.
The right kind of fear is good. The Bible says we are to fear God. In that respect the word is used to mean we should hold God in great reverence and awe, respecting the fact that He is the Creator and Judge of us all. Fear also can work for good when it makes us cautious in the face of something dangerous. Fear of snakes, for instance, will keep us from poking around a rattlesnake’s lair! However, unreasonable fear, fear that betrays a lack of faith in the Lord–Christians can dispel these kinds of fear with faith.
Even though Jesus’ disciples were going through a raging sea storm that could have meant their death, Jesus rebuked them. “Why are you so fearful?” He asked. “How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). And he calmed the storm. For He was God manifest in the flesh–God who came down to earth in the form of man. We may give mental assent to this great truth, but does our belief affect our attitudes?
The Remedy of God’s Word
Hear what Jesus told His followers: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1). “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.” The spirit of fear comes from Satan.
The psalmist exclaimed, “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). When you need deliverance from fear, read the whole Psalm 34; it is a great remedy!
If we can grasp that our Lord is God, then we can grasp the fact that God actually does care personally for each of us who have become His children through receiving His Son as Savior. Just as God the Son did with the stormy sea, so He is able to calm our personal storm for us. He can replace trembling fear with peace.
If we will bring all our troubles and anxieties to our Father, thanking Him for past favors, we will be delivered from fear and experience His “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7). As others see His serenity and joy in our lives, they will think, “If that’s what Christ does for a person, I want Him, too!”
Questions: Why do so many people fear diseases, relatives, or other people, jobs, finances, health, etc.? How can we be delivered from fear and experience His “peace that surpasses all understanding”?
About the Author Muriel Larson