Eddie Lepp and Greg Garrison
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” -Isaiah 41:10
Anxiety, fear, and disbelief are enemies that we all battle with daily. Anxiety can reveal itself in a worried soul, anxious about a specific task that must be done. Fear can be hidden in the bravado of man, fearful for others to see our vulnerabilities. Disbelief can be plain to see to all but us, as we live our lives as if the God we claim to love doesn’t exist. In all of these, there is a lack of trust in God. A lack of believing that He is who He says He is, and that He will do what He says He will do.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”-Jeremiah 17:7-8
Let’s fight daily to place our anxieties, fears, and disbelief on our Lord Jesus Christ and allow the truth of who He is and what He has done to penetrate deep within our souls. Let’s remind ourselves of his sovereign power as the Creator and Controller of all things, able to give or withhold as His will dictates. Let’s remind ourselves of His
love for us, so wonderfully displayed on the cross. He loved us to the point of suffering God’s ultimate wrath and separation from the Father for us. He cares for us far more than we realize, and He knows what is best for us.
“…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
For over ten months now, we as a church have been without a pastor, and that has caused us to remind ourselves of God’s sovereignty more often than we might have before. God has a plan for us, and He is watching
over us. He was not running around in worry and fear, wondering whether we will find a pastor or not. He has planned our path all along and has cared for us perfectly throughout the way – even if we have failed to see that perfect care ourselves. God is trustworthy!