“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;” — Proverbs 3:5 NKJV
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God cares for us, “not willing that any should perish” [2 Peter 3:9] and knowing even the number of hairs on our heads [Luke 12:7]. Even the small matters, our seemingly small pains matter to Him, and we can turn to Him in all things for help and comfort.
A long time ago, when I was a little girl, I’d wake up from horrible nightmares where someone would be chasing me or me and my siblings, trying to kill us. I remember spending each morning trying to forget my dreams as quickly as possible.
But one day, I told my grandmother about my dreams, and she shared with me that God does not give us a spirit of fear but that I could call on the name of Jesus to comfort or save me.
Every night for as long as I could remember, I’d slept with a Bible. With all the faith of the little child I was, I opened up my Bible, stuck it on my forehead (as that’s where my thoughts and dreams lived, as far as I was concerned), and prayed for Jesus to be with me.
The nightmares stopped.
I don’t think it was the particular method I used, but rather the prayer, the belief, and the trust in the Word of God and the name of Jesus. These are things we can trust and believe in, for they have and will endure forever. Because God is all powerful, and Christ is the Word that was with God and was God from the very beginning, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Whenever we face a moment of fear, we can turn to God. Whenever we face difficulties throughout our day, we can call on Him for strength. Whenever we feel pain, even when we bring it on ourselves, we can cry to God.
Whatever fears we face, we can rely on this.
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.” — Isaiah 59:1 NKJV