Jan 17, 2015
Some of my favorite songs are about trusting God in the midst of fear:
Be Not Afraid
Trust and Obey
I like these songs not because I trust well, but because I don't.
Maybe it is just me, or maybe it is part of the central challenge of all who seek to walk with God, but fear has been a challenge for me for a long time. No, I don't walk through life "shaking with fear," but I do find myself holding back at times (instead of getting to work). Fear also shows up sometimes just underneath our anger: I'm afraid of being late and looking a bad, for example, so I get mad when I lose my keys.
What do I fear? I fear failing. I fear I'm just not going to be able to "make it." I'm afraid people are not going to like me or respect me. I fear getting hurt. These things are not good, so fear is an understandable response.
Until you listen to the words of these songs.
"Be not afraid, I go before you always.
Come follow Me, and I will give you rest."
"Through many trials, toils and snares
I have already come.
'Tis grace that kept me safe thus far,
'Tis grace will lead me home."
These songs, in the face of legitimate fears, challenge us to look towards a greater reality: the existence of a loving, powerful God who has promised over and over again to be with us, even in the midst of the darkest trouble.