Fear Not

" Blessed is the man who fears the Lord…He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." (Psalm 112: 1,7 NIV)

Every time I receive a call from, or see a doctor, my heart falls into my stomach. I have struggled mightily with fear of bad news.  Because of this battle with fear, the Psalms have been a source of companionship for me. Psalm 112 is one of my favorites. Verse 7 says, "He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him." That last part is the key to it all, isn’t it?  It all boils down to our trust in our Creator. Do we really believe God will take care of us? It is sometimes hard for us to get to that place of trust when we get bad news from medical professionals. 

God’s perfect love is sometimes hard to comprehend in a world where love is conditional, has strings attached and is sometimes temporary. The Lord says, "I love you completely and forever."  Jesus says, "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:13)

When fear threatens to engulf me. I remember that our Lord is compassionate, kind and full of love toward me. These truths make my heart secure in His perfect plan when my fears threaten to sweep over me. 

Prayer: Thank You , Father, for lovingly taking care of me. How grateful I am that I can cast my fears on You because You care for me. They are Yours and You will deal with them in love. You, Lord, have been faithful. I can place my trust in You for Your perfect love casts out all of my fears. Amen

Denny Dowd lives in Pennsylvania with her cat, Shamrock. Denny is a social worker and she enjoys writing, reading, and volunteering. Denny is the world’s biggest Notre Dame football fan. Denny lives with Chronic Inflammatory Demylineating Polyneuropathy and cancer and has strong faith that God will see her through even the most difficult of days.