Fear, Persecution and Greater Trust

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Forgetting God’s promises appears to be an inherent part of the human condition. At first, the Apostles witnessed Jesus walking on water, and feeding a crowd of five thousand with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Yet, they still doubted and became afraid. One even denied Him three times. Instead of their lives becoming easier, while following Him, they were persecuted and thrown into prison. Still, their faith grew.

On our spiritual journey with Him, we may have days of apprehension and worry. Our circumstances may even appear to worsen. It doesn’t mean that God has forgotten us, He is still there, at work in every circumstance, whispering to us, “Lo, I am always with you…”

Daily persistence in our prayers and worship slowly reveals a new understanding of our situation. We realize, He has been in ultimate control all along. We see unimaginable outcomes that can only be attributed to His divine intervention. We finally understand, His plans for the circumstance had such far reaching effects, our finite minds could not fathom it all. Our only duty is to keep praying and keep believing.

Dear Father in Heaven, keep me close to You when I start to doubt Your faithfulness. Always remind me that Your Apostles faith grew to unshakable proportions as they persevered through their trials. Help me to learn that You are often working a new change inside me when my outward situation appears to worsen. I trust Your will for me. Amen

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~ by Andrea T on August 11, 2008.

2 Responses to “Fear, Persecution and Greater Trust”

  1. Father, be with my sister today. Help her to be confident that You are with her, taking care of her, and that You are in contol. As you are also teaching me, help her not to be anxious about anything, and to have Your peace that passes all understanding.

  2. We, by design, leak. God made us that way. Otherwise, what need would we have to return to His presence and be refilled? When my spiritual gas tank runs low, the little light comes on as a reminder that I have not been spending enough time in His amazing and refreshing presence. God bless and fill your cup to overflowing. Bryan

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