When My Heart is Overwhelmed, Part 3 By Teresa Fields
Psalms 56:3-4 (ESV)
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.
4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
A large part of walking by faith in God is learning to trust our Heavenly Father with every aspect of life. From the time we were first born, each of us had to develop faith in the ones who consistently cared for our basic needs. We had to learn that every time we cried out for nourishment or comfort that our parents or caretakers would be there to provide for us. In the same way, a new believer has to learn that our Father not only can meet his basic needs, but He already has the provision prepared. He will be faithful to answer every request for our daily needs, our spiritual nourishment, and the desires of our hearts.
When a need or problem arises, we can always call on our Father to provide, but we must put our trust in Him. Picture a child who asks his parents for help, but quickly walks away saying, “They won’t help me; I don’t think they even care about me.” Do you think he will receive anything? It is very difficult to help a person who doesn’t put his trust in anyone. We have to take the time to read the Bible and study the lives of people who trusted in God like King David. He knew that he didn’t have to be afraid of men or of any situation, because he had developed trust in his Faithful God.
Here are a few more verses from Psalm 56 in the Amplified version.
What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You.
Notice the words ‘confidence’ and ‘reliance.’ David was assured that he could rely on God as he obeyed His Word and stayed close to Him. You can see this again in verse 11 of Psalms 56:
In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Just as David did, we can choose to put our trust in God. Notice that he said, “I will trust.” And he also said, “I will not be afraid.”
The last words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 28:20 assure us that He does not leave us:
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Jesus gave us His promise to remain with and inside every believer. He understood our need to rely on Him just as He had completely depended on His Father. God had promised His people never to leave them in Deuteronomy 31:6,
Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.
Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
And finally, Hebrews 13:5b assures us that He will never leave us. We can depend on God and confidently trust Him every day.
God has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'”
Fear comes from the enemy to stop us from receiving from God or from making progress as we grow in the Lord. He wants us to shrink back in fear by presenting us with overwhelming circumstances in life. But, we can call on God in faith and allow Him to care for us. We do not have to be overwhelmed.
Hebrews 10:35-36 (Amp)
35 Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.
36 For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
You will receive the promises of God in your life and the rewards of trusting in Him when you refuse to be overwhelmed. I encourage you to live a fearless life, because your Father will never leave you nor forsake you!
Trusting In God’s Promises,