God, why am I so afraid?

“Don’t be afraid.” Easier said than done, am I right?

You know, there are a lot of commands in the Bible that I can easily get on board with – a lot of straightforward, easy to understand commands. No, they aren’t all easy to follow of course, but a lot of them seem pretty black and white, right and wrong, do this and don’t do that. And I can see value in them all, even though I fall short of each one, often.

But when the Bible commands Christians not to be afraid, it throws me off because it isn’t just a suggestion or a good idea. It’s not just a friendly phrase to throw around in the midst of trials or to encourage loved ones with. It’s a command.

Fear not.

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For the Christian who doesn’t trust God…

Ugh. Did you have to put it that way? “The Christian who doesn’t trust God…” That sounds so…harsh.

Yep. I did have to put it that way.

“Well, I wouldn’t say it’s anything that serious. Everyone doubts sometimes!”

“I’ve always been a pretty anxious person, it doesn’t mean I have deep trust issues.”

“But, I believe in God, so how can you say I don’t trust him?”

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