David was no stranger to fear. He had been pursued by Saul who intended to kill him. Often, enemies had sought his life. Finally, rebellion racked his kingdom. He knew the twinge and tightening of fear. But he also knew what to do when fears came – “What time I am afraid, I will trust thee.”
Trust. What a good word!
Hudson Taylor was so feeble in the closing months of his life, that he wrote a friend, “I am so weak that I cannot work; I cannot read my Bible; I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust.” This great man of God came to a place of physical suffering and weakness where he could only lie still and trust. And that is all God asks in that hour. James McConkey gave this advice to those in the fierce fires of affliction: “Do not try to be strong. Just be still.”
How wonderfully the Bible meets us where we are! Scores of times the Scriptures advise us not to fear. Isaiah wrote: “I will trust, and not be afraid” (Isaiah 12:2). Yet, knowing that some would experience fear in spite of all assurances, direction is given to those already afraid. The call is for a move from trembling to trust.
But how does one trust when immobilized by fear?
There is but one answer. Fill your mind and heart with the promises of the Bible. Read the old familiar chapters that you love. Sing the old hymns that are full of Bible truth. Let God assure you with His Word.
Trust will grow — even in a trembling heart!