I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? - Psalm 56:11
Are you good at taking risks, or are you frightened to trust God in case you are let down? The psalmist made it clear that because he trusted in God, he had no reason to be afraid: “I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:11).
God is trustworthy whether we trust him or not. But he would have us trust him so that we don’t have to worry. Anxious Christians are not a good advertisement for their faith. In the end, it isn’t the amount of trust we have, it’s the object of our trust that matters.
All my life I have been afraid of speaking in front of people. What would happen if I forgot what I had to say? Would they listen to me? What if I said something wrong? Could I trust God to hold me safely and use me to help people? Over many years I have found the object of my faith totally reliable. In the measure that I have given myself to him, con-fident that he is worthy of carrying me through, I have found my fears groundless- and my faith well-grounded.
It is safe to trust God. God is not a frayed rope. He can always bear our weight—we can count on it.
For Further Study: Psalm 56:1-13
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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