On the way to school this morning, my daughter and I were listening to our local Christian radio station. Each day they give a verse of the day. Today’s verse was from John 8: 32, “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
I couldn’t help but think about how relevant that verse is for America right now. Many are concerned and with good reason. A failing economy, rising prices, and threats of terrorism are all good reasons to fear. Fear can be a paralyzing emotion. Not only can worry shut us down and bring us down, but it can cause us to doubt Truth.
For generations, people have been asking, “What is truth?” Jesus answered that question in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Therefore, truth is not what we can see with our eyes. Truth is not our temporary circumstances. Truth is Christ and what He says about our present situation.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you would have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” John 16:33. What Jesus is saying is this. In this world, we will experience all kinds of trouble—relationship trouble, financial trouble, political trouble, even sickness and death. But, He is bigger than it all. When life brings pressure, stress and anxiety, you and I can rest in the fact that Christ is large and in charge! And if God is for us, what is there to fear?
The bible tells us that God is seated on His throne in the heavens. Picture that. God is seated. He is not up pacing the floor and wringing His hands in worry. No. He’s calm and at rest. He is not surprise about the condition we are in because He is larger than it all.
I realize that our surroundings tell us otherwise. With foreclosures and a falling stock-market it appears that God is not in control, but nothing is further from the truth.
Freedom comes when we place our trust in Truth, not circumstances. Bottom line—you and I will act on what we believe. If we believe that good nutrition is healthy, we’ll eat well. If we believe in prayer, we’ll pray. If we believe Christ and take Him at His word, we will trust and not fear.
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God’s plan for you and I is a life built on faith—not fear. In Christ, we can be free.