Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for themThey are confident and fearless…. Psalm 112:6b-8a (NLT)

Imagine living a life without fear. That’s the description of those who only fear the Lord. The fear of the Lord is a reverent and holy fear. It is a deep respect for who God is and what He can do. Proverbs tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In fact, if we have a healthy fear of God, we can live without the fears that trouble most of our lives. In this Psalm, the Bible says such people do not fear bad news. That’s a fear that haunts so many people today. Feeling like they live in a house of cards, they wonder when it will all coming crashing down. How can we conquer our fears? Faith overcomes fear. Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s acting in spite of my fears. Faith enables me to do that. The Psalmist says that those who confidently trust the LORD to care for them … do not fear bad news! They are confident and fearless…. What a promise to claim! Wouldn’t you like to live your life like that? You can! How? In another Psalm the Bible says,

The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the LORD is for me; He will help me. Psalm 118:6-7 (NLT)

This is a disposition of faith, a confidence in God’s unconditional love for me. What do you put your confidence in?  Pilots put their confidence in their planes. Commuters place their confidence in trains, cars, or buses. Each day, we must put our confidence in something or someone. If you are willing to trust a plane or a car to get you to your destination, are you willing to trust God to guide you here on earth and to your eternal destination? When you get into a plane, how much effort do you exercise to fly? None! It would look really funny if you began flapping your arms. The flight attendants would probably usher you out of the plane before it took off! The only effort you make is to sit back, buckle your seat belt, and relax. You simply let the plane fly you to your destination. The more you fly, the less conscious you become of the faith you are exercising in that plane to fly you. When we put our faith in God, we can relax in the all-sufficient arms of a Heavenly Father who holds us in the palm of His hands! He’s got it all in control! We don’t even have to be afraid of bad news. Does that mean that bad things won’t happen? Faith isn’t some vaccination that inoculates us from bad things. This is a fallen world, and few get out alive and unscathed; but, we don’t have to live in fear. We can live in faith, trusting our Heavenly Father to keep what we have committed unto Him. The Psalmist gives us a practical way to handle our fears in Psalm 56:3-4. It was written by King David, who was a mighty man of God and a courageous soldier that led the armies of Israel with great victories. Even he struggled with fear but, as he grew in faith, he found a way to conquer those fears. What did he do? He said,

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You. I praise God for what He has promised.  I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?  What can mere mortals do to me?” 

When David felt afraid, rather than panic, he prayed and reassured himself with the promises of God. When bad news comes into your life, you have a choice. You can panic or you can turn to God in prayer, trusting His promises that He loves you and will never leave you or forsake you. Put your confidence in God and live fearlessly!

  1. Have you ever been so full of anxiety and fear that never ever seems to leave? I am. I keep trying to say God is with me and I keep trying to believe it. I will keep trying, but it’s so hard when there is never a calm in this storm. I have been so blessed in my life and am so thankful to God for that but I just wish that my constant prayers for peace and deliverance from this anxiety and fear would come. Please tell me how to feel peace. Maybe this is my lot in life but it’s hard. So very hard

    • Rosalba Perez says:

      You know, these last 9 years have been in my life like the period of time that Job encountered when he lost it all.
      I have seen how one by one the financial visible resources have been taken away and thanks to God I am still standing up, the enemy its been messing with my marriage for ever and thanks to God we are still together but he has separated us physically for 8 years but we are still together only because God exists, the enemy has fought me every step of the way but God has been there every step of the way to fight him back, in this very moment his threating me with one of my kids that after been married for 5 years with an abusive man that was a threat to her life too finally she decided to separate from him to start a lesbian relationship that makes it worst and the list goes on and on but, God He is still and always will be God and the pain is so deep that my eyes are dry, my mother is in the hospital and I can not see her due to another work from the enemy, but I did this promise to God. Habakkuk 3:17-19 and I have asked the same question, maybe this is my role in this life or maybe I am the example of a person that makes wrong choices her whole life to show the results, I am not sure but one thing I know that not evil thing comes from God and God is in charge and he will lead me the way to go.

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