Fear is as old as Eden and as current as the daily paper or television news roundup.
Trembling times have been around throughout history; but you may think today’s panic producers outnumber those of the past. Name your areas of anxiety in this troubled time and you’ll undoubtedly find many others who agree with you and share your fears.
How shall we cope with this barrage of worry makers?
Where can we find an antidote for anxiety?
Try the “Fear not” book: the Bible.
Fear and faith are opposites so it makes sense for fearful people to take steps to build their faith and conquer their fears.
Faith is positive. Doubt is negative. And there are doubt producers on every hand: hypocrisy, betrayal by those we trust, family problems, financial reverses, employment uncertainties, natural disasters, and the casualties of war. Even the sight of modern hospitals and well kept cemeteries remind us of the sorrows and shortness of life.
To stay positive in this negative world, I begin my day quoting Bible verses that build my faith. When we feed our faith our doubts starve to death. And when faith wins fear loses.
Dr. V. Raymond Edman, former president and late chancellor of Wheaton College wrote: “Faith is dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities, knows nothing but success. Faith lifts its hands up through the threatening clouds, lays hold of Him who has all power in heaven and on earth. Faith makes the uplook good , the outlook bright, the inlook favorable, and the future glorious.”
Faith adds a new dimension to consider in the face of difficulties. When Thomas Edison began developing the phonograph, he grappled with many problems. The high tones were harsh and the low tones muffled. Edison hired a man to help him solve the problems, but after working for two years, the man went to Edison, discouraged and ready to give up on the project. Edison answered, “I believe that for every problem God has given us, He has a solution. We may not find it, but someday someone will. Go back and try a little longer.” We all know the results that grew out of Edison’s faith in God’s ability to reveal answers to all of the problems of life.
Faith provides an alternative to fear.
Trials then are not the enemies of faith but are opportunities to prove God’s faithfulness.
Faith makes us triumphant in trouble, but the faith that wins and moves mountains, doesn’t rest in itself. Instead, it is anchored securely in God, who is faithful. Strong faith would be worthless if the object of our faith was not strong.
The quest for peace then rests on the answer to this question: Is God big enough to solve the problems I’m facing?
And the answer is obvious.
Since the great Creator becomes the Savior of all who place their faith in Him, they need not fear what the future holds because they know the One who holds the future.
Roger Campbell is an author, broadcaster and columnist. He was a pastor for 22 years.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org