When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. (Psalm 56:3 NASB)
The more I read this scripture, the more I love it. The first part of the verse states, “When I am afraid”. We can complete that sentence with, “When I am afraid” of failure, or hurt, or not having enough. We can finish the statement with, “When I am afraid” of success, happiness, or doing well. There is any number of things we could use to fill in the blank. Thankfully, the verse doesn’t stop there.
I went to college for computer programming. That was a very, very long time ago. But we would have to write programs that completed a task. In those programs, we would write if-then statements. If the data fit into a certain category, then you would write the second part of the statement which told the computer what to do with that data. We had to draw maps to show where the information would be used depending on the answer. The same thing happens in this scripture except it’s not an “if” statement, it says “when”.
God knows we will be afraid at times. He knows we will doubt. He knows we will struggle. But there is a second part to that sentence.” When” is followed by, “trust in You.” There will be times we will not feel his presence, but He is there. Circumstances will cause us to wonder if He still cares. He does. Our fears don’t change God. They don’t diminish His abilities. They don’t cause Him to run away from us. Instead He states, “when…trust”.
Trust is a difficult thing. I don’t think there is any other way to do it other than just step out. You simply have to decide. I often find, the anticipation of trust is far worse than actually doing it. And with so many fears holding us back, it’s no wonder trust is tricky. Although there is much to fear, there is only One who can be trusted to walk with us when we are afraid.
Help us to look past our fears to see your hand reaching out to guide us. May we make the choice to trust you when we are faced with fears.