We may have many reasons to fear when we are ill, but Bronlynn shares how we also have the answer to overcome them.
“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3)
Fall is here, and along with fall we see signs of Halloween. In American culture, Halloween is commonly associated with being scared, but regardless of what season it is or where, fear is something most people struggle with at some point.
Fear seems to be a hot topic lately. This world is a scary place. Natural disasters, government problems, financial instability, terrorism, and other issues are all contributing to world chaos, to say nothing of the increasingly anti-Christian world views.
Those of us with health problems are no strangers to fear. Unexplained pain, worsening symptoms, side effects of medications, loss of abilities, and fear of future illnesses can all cause us to panic.
In David Jeremiahs’ new book, What Are You Afraid Of?, he mentions Biblical ways to handle our fears, including committing our fears to God and memorizing Scriptures relevant to them. We can be honest in confessing our fears to the Lord. He understands our humanness. But we also need to remember that fear is a lack of faith and confess that as sin.
Although the Bible may not include the specific names of our illnesses, there are many verses which can apply to our struggles. Dr. Jeremiah says, “The command to not fear occurs nearly 60 times in Scripture, and some form of the word fear is mentioned more than 425 times.” God understands fear.
In Edward Welch’s book, Running Scared, he mentions God’s future grace, a huge comfort to me. Future grace means that when the time comes–whatever we are called to endure–God will give us the grace we need. How He will do that and what it will look like, we don’t know, but we will receive what we need. We do not need to fear.
This world is a scary place. Our pains and problems can be frightening. But we can be free from fear. God is in control of it all. His grace is more than sufficient, and His Word confirms it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are in control of this world and my life. Please help me trust You for my future and speak Your words of truth into each one of my fears. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
What specific fears do you have? Can you find some Scriptures to read or memorize that will help you trust God for these fears?
We are currently doing a book study here at Rest Ministries on forgiveness and fear is a big part of this. I recently shared this video on fear with Mike Donehey of the Christian group Tenth Avenue North. I think you will like it. He gives a great description of where fear comes from and what we should do about it.