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When You Are Afraid

Grandmother’s Lap

When I was a little girl, we lived next door to my grandparents so I spent a lot of time with them. I used to sit on my grandmother’s lap in her rocker and she would sing to me. I remember one time when I was afraid, she said to me, “When you’re afraid, you can say this Bible verse and it will help you: ‘What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.'” She probably said more than that but I was very young so that is what I remember.


Anytime after that, like during a South Carolina thunderstorm, she would say that verse and I would say it after her. That is probably the first Bible verse I ever learned. It is funny though because years later, I was fretting about something and that little verse came to my mind for the first time in a very long time. That is when I actually looked it up and found it in the Bible.

John 14:26 says that the Holy Spirit will teach us and remind us of the things Jesus has taught us. So He reached way back into my childhood and pulled that verse out of my “archives” when I needed it. That is why it is so important that we be actively learning the Word of God all the time.

Today’s Passage

Today and for the rest of this week, we are going to be talking about fear and how to deal with it. I know I have my share of battles with fear and I am thinking you probably do, too. It will steal our joy and keep us completely captive if we allow it to. We do not have to let fear get the best of us – WE REALLY DO NOT!

Psalm 56:3 KJV

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”

Like all of you, I have grown up stuff now – bills, work, illness…

Seems a lot different, but ya know what? This beautiful little verse is for us grown-ups too!

Let’s take a closer look:

“What time…”

So, that would mean when right?

“…I am afraid…”

We grown-ups really do not like admitting that we are afraid but we often are afraid, huh? We can at least admit it to ourselves now. When that sweet baby is running a high fever and you cannot seem to get it down… or you honestly do not know where the money for the power bill is coming from… or you are having this sharp pain in your chest… or maybe you just got a call from the mammography department saying they found something abnormal on your recent mammogram and they need you to come back in.

We all have things that scare us “half to death”!!

Now the rest of the verse:

“…I will trust in thee.”

The Amplified Bible says:

“…I will have confidence and put my trust and reliance on You.”


The better we know God the easier it is to trust Him. And actually, in times of absolute powerlessness, there is so much opportunity to get to know Him better. That is when we need to run to Him the quickest and seek to know Him better. Yes, I mean right then! Well, maybe dial 911 first, but you know what I’m saying… right?

At our times of powerlessness, we are most ready to know Him better.

During my breast cancer experience, I was looking to Him to keep me sane. As I have said before, I was not exactly afraid of the cancer itself, but of the procedures I was having to go through because of it.

Full of Tender Love

He was faithful to who He is and He did show Himself to me – strong and mighty, yet so full of tender love. And the best part was that He really did allow me to get to know Him so much better during that time.

The Best Times

Difficult times/times when we are afraid are the best times for us to throw ourselves on God’s mercy and seek Him with all our might. He says so in James 1:2-4. Our hard times should always drive us, as believers in Christ, to Him.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 NIV says,

12Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

When we seek Him, really seek Him, He will let us, even help us, to find Him. He is strong and mighty, but He is also so full of tender love for us, His children. His ultimate plan is for us to be mature in our relationships with Him because that will result in our good but even more it will result in His glory. And that is our ultimate purpose.


Today is a good day for us to seek the Lord. I pray that we will all take the time, today, to seek Him in His Word and in prayer so that we may be ready for times that make us afraid but also that we will be in the habit of seeking Him. There is truly NOTHING in life greater than walking with God! Let’s seek Him today, dear friends!!

Go Deeper Today:

John 8:12-30





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