Faith in the Midst of Fear

With all that has been going on in the world recently, there has been a lot of worry, fear and hopelessness. Most of the circumstances are out of our control, adding helplessness to the list. I find myself getting into cycles of worry and apprehension as I interact with the people around me. 

The young adults I parent and work with are really struggling. Life is not what they planned or expected, and fear of irrevocable change is on the horizon. Their anxieties and disappointments can easily become mine. I feel them weighing me down. I feel responsible. I want to fix things or give them answers.

Mulling through my thoughts and trying to come up with answers, especially about the future had my heart aching. I was trying to think about how to plan and prepare for the future. As a Christian, I was praying about situations, about students, praying for peace. Then a thought came to me—this is putting me in a place to live by faith like never before. I’ve had some hardships in my life, but not on the worldwide level.

My thoughts turned to Abraham. He was asked by God to sacrifice his son, which God had said would be the key to the future promise. In Hebrews 11 it says that Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead. He had faith in God’s power to fulfill his promises. He knew God would be faithful. What am I reasoning? Have I reasoned myself out of the faith I say I possess?

I know it seems common sense to any Bible believing Christian, but I had the thought hit me— oh yeah, God is already in the future. He will take care of me and those I love. It might not look like what we expected, but he will never leave us. We will never be left alone but taken into the future by God himself as we walk with him in faith, believing.

I can only share the faith I possess with the young people around me if it is strong enough to carry me through my own fears and questions. How can I offer something less to them?  Peace is possible when we have faith that sees beyond our circumstances to the God who is faithful. Praying you find that peace in him today.

-Sherri Hvizdak