Southern Cancer Center’s “Bread Bite” series shares weekly words of encouragement and inspiration from area churches. This week’s message is from Lead Pastor Daniel Blaylock of Forest Hill Church of God in Mobile. Pastor Daniel-Today’s verse is: “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”
(Psalms 56:3 NLT)The Psalms is one of my favorite books in the Bible; that’s true for many people. It was Israel’s “hymnal” – a collection of songs they sang to God in worship. They’re so honest and raw. They don’t smooth out the rough places of life. I love them for their candor. They remind me when I am anxious or depressed, angry or disappointed that all of God’s children feel like that sometimes. And instead of letting those emotions drive me AWAY from God, I am invited to bring those feelings TO God in prayer and process through them.
That’s what people of faith do. I always get tickled when people tell me “religion is a crutch”. Well, people with broken legs need crutches! (Besides, my faith in Christ props me up much better than alcoholism or prescription drug addiction – the preferred crutches of our culture.) But faith in Christ is not just a crutch; it’s a cast – it provides the necessary safety and structures my broken places need in order to heal properly!
The Psalmist says “when I am afraid”; I’m so thankful to know that the fact my circumstances sometimes make me afraid does not disqualify me from being a person of faith! Not “if”, but “when” – everyone has moments of anxiety; even those who trust in God. Though we trust God every day, we’re specially invited to run to God in prayer in the moments when the next cold wave of anxious thoughts crashes and tries to sweep us off our feet.
Trusting God doesn’t mean fearful circumstances won’t arise; it does mean we have a shelter, a refuge where we can run and find inward peace despite the outward storm! Hang in there! I know it’s crazy. You’ve survived 100% of your tough days so far! God’s got this, and He’s got us!