Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fear of Sudden Disasters & Ruin - Part 1

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of ruin that overtakes the wicked for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:25-26

Observation

Life is full of bad times, and they strike both the redeemed and the unredeemed. This irrefutable fact can be the source of much anxiety for people. Some troubles can be avoided by making wise decisions and walking in God’s way, such refusing to drive carelessly or abusing drugs. The person who makes unwise decisions will suffer the consequences of those choices. Other adversities are unavoidable and can happen to anyone, such as cancer or tornados. However, the believer has no reason to despair because they can trust the Lord to sustain, protect and guide them through all of life’s turmoil.

Application

What are you afraid of? Is it a consequence of your poor decision making? If you are fearing the consequences of a foolish choice, confess and repent the sin to the Lord. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom to make the best decision in every circumstances and the strength to overcome your bad habits. It’s difficult to make new habits; it’s the reason why so many resolutions get broken every year. However, as a child of God, you have access to the mighty power of the Lord to help you overcome any stumbling blocks in your life.

Do you fear something beyond your control? Do what you can to reduce your risk of the tragedy, such as replacing the batteries in the smoke detectors every six months, if you fear a house fire and eating a well-balanced diet and exercise, if you fear a diagnosis of cancer, diabetes or other life changing disease. Most important, trust God knowing that He is faithful. Even if the Lord allows the worst case scenario to touch your life, He is in control of the situation and will bring something good out of it. God will not let the disaster to destroy you. Why? Because He loves you – you belong to Him and He always protects His own.

Prayer

Dear God,  Thank you for your faithfulness and love. I love that I can fully trust in your promises. You are my confidence, and I trust you, Lord, to protect me from the evils that exist in this world and to sustain me regardless of what happens. Forgive me of the foolish decisions I have made in my life. Please give me the strength and wisdom to turn away from harmful habits, help me to make wise decisions and to live a life that will glorify You. Only with your strength will I be able to overcome any stumbling block in my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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