Turning Fear into Faith

Learning to Trust God

As a little girl I remember fearing that something or someone was under my bed. I found myself running and jumping into bed every night and then willing myself to hang over the bed and look under it so that I could go to sleep without fearing that something or someone was going to get me. I look back now and realize how silly that fear was, but many times over the years I have let other fears take its place. Fear of not passing a test, fear of leaving home to go off to college, fear of marriage, fear of having children, fear of not having enough money to pay the bills, fear of tithing, fear of Oklahoma weather, and the list could go on and on. Simply put, it is easy for us women to struggle with fear.

There are many promises from God’s Word dealing with fear. Two of my favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5–6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Another one is Psalm 118:8: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

Trust is a daily part of our lives. We trust that our alarm clocks will go off. We trust that we will have a hot shower each morning. We trust that our chairs will hold us when we sit down. We trust that the gallon of milk will be good. We trust that the bank will keep our money. There are so many things we don’t even think about that we put our trust in daily. None of those things love us or even care about us, but we trust them.

How much greater is our Heavenly Father who loves us, and gave His life for us, and promises to take care of all our needs. I don’t know how many nights or perhaps months that I let my fear of something being under my bed control me. Even though we can all laugh at that now, it was real to me as a little girl. I can still remember the night I decided I had had enough. I was just going to force myself to trust in the Lord and slowly walk to my bed, get in, turn off the light, and just go to bed. I was going to have more faith than fear. I would like to tell you all the fears just instantly went away, but they did not. It took many nights of faith before I could just go to bed.

I wouldn’t be honest if I said, “I no longer have any fears.” They often sneak in, and the Lord patiently reminds me that He loves me and will take care of the fears if I will simply obey Him and have more faith than fear. I don’t know what fears you may be dealing with, but remember He is faithful and true, and what He has promised that will He do.

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