There are days when life feels so heavy and scary. Let’s face it, even as a Christ-follower and a leader, there are days when you face the future with great fear rather than great faith. I have faced days like these, and today is one of them. As I read through the Psalms, I gain some solace in knowing that King David faced many of the same kinds of days, and I take comfort in seeing how he handled them with faith and trust in God. On those days, David turned to God through prayer, worship, and meditating on God’s Word.

As so often happens, today I turned to God’s Word (I’ve been reading through the Psalms one at a time lately, and today I came to Psalm 40) and it spoke directly into my circumstances and feelings. I don’t know how God does this, but he does it consistently.

As I read Psalm 40:5, God flooded my mind with His Word and the reassurance I needed. If, like me, you are facing fears or walking through a valley in life, perhaps these will help you, too:

Psalm 40:5 (NLT)  “O Lord my God … your plans for us are too numerous to list.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Romans 8:28 (NLT) “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) “Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.”

Luke 1:37 (NLT) “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Mark 10:27 (NLT) “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

Do you have any other verses that help you face fear? Any other advice to share from your experiences?

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Michael Mack has led Small Group Leadership full-time since 2012, but has been involved in small group ministry for more than 25 years.

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  1. PastorMason

    July 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Great word! I appreciate 2 Tim. 1:7 – God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind.


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