Fear and doubt

I have several loved ones who are facing uncertainty in their lives. What do we do when life turns out a little different from what we had planned? Where is our security? We might be tempted to think thoughts like Does God really love me? Why is this happening to me?  I read something this morning that I think will be encouraging to anyone facing fear and doubt. From Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling {vs 1-3}.

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth {vs 10}.

Without Christ, we are hopeless. Left to ourselves we are consumed with worry about things we ultimately have no control over. As sinners without Christ, we do have things to worry about, namely death in our trespasses and sins {Ephesians 2:1}. But for those who trust in Jesus, God has made alive by his great mercy and grace {Ephesians 2:4-5}.

[Jesus is the] perfect fulfillment of the psalm - the one who is always with us, who gives us peace in the midst of storms or even clams them, who will one day conquer the wicked, and who turns us from being God's foes to being His children. Christ is the ultimate refuge, strength, and help, and Christ is the ultimate dispeller of our fears.

Are you prone to fear? Look Christ-ward. Meditating on God's sovereignty and goodness - especially as displayed through Jesus' death in our place - is the death-blow to doubt.

 - Chris Anderson, Gospel Meditations for Women

I hope that was encouraging and challenging for you like it was for me! Don't forget to leave a comment here to be entered in gracefullhome's first ever giveaway - Halfway Herbert, an awesome children's book by Francis Chan!