Fear’s Cousin

Fear has a cousin! They often work closely together. The cousin often gets fear going. Who is this cousin? Let me introduce you. Meet “worry.” Worry is constantly busy in our thoughts. Playing on our emotions, worry generates fear in our minds and hearts. Usually, we think like this: What am I/are we going to do? How can I/we deal with this? Sometimes, fear gets worry going. The “bottom line?” Where does God come in? If we are His and have no unjudged sin in our lives; if we haven’t violated any Scriptural principles, there is guidance in His Word on how to handle what is troubling us. Prayer for God’s help and trusting what He says in the Bible and obeying and applying His principles brings help. Fear and worry lose their grip. The peace of God takes over in our hearts. Consider what Paul was inspired to tell us in Philippians 4:6-7: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” God is responsible for His children. Like an earthly father who loves his children, He wants them to follow His instructions. When they do, they need not worry or fear. An earthly father’s instructions may not always work; God’s will! As Lina Sandell Berg so aptly put it in her hymn, “Day by Day,” “Day by day and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here: trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry nor for fear. He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure gives unto each day what He deems best — lovingly, it’s part of pain and pleasure, mingling toil with peace and rest.” Selah! If we are born again and applying and obeying His Word, we can turn our worries over to Him. Worry is assuming responsibilities God never intended us to have.   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 


One thought on “Fear’s Cousin

  1. This is excellent, Ron – very well worded – emphasizing “short accounts” – keeping ‘fessed up with God in order to know His Peace. I have posted this with the following introduction: “Joan Waite and I have experienced the truth of what Pastor Ron shares on his blog. How fitting to us – when it would have been natural to worry and fear – instead to know our Lord’s Peace and Grace:”

    Also, how fitting the hymn is that you included – a wonderful hymn that has helped to give direction in our lives – Day by Day.

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