Standing Firm in Fearful Times

Anticipating Anxiety and Resting in God’s Sovereignty

Aug 14, 2023

“For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.” (Job 3:25-26, ESV)

The story of Job has been a source of comfort for many who have experienced trials and tribulations. Here we see Job in the throes of despair, succumbing to his worst fears. The life he once enjoyed was reduced to ashes, and the fears he had anticipated had become a reality.

Job’s fear is not unfounded. He has lost everything—his family, wealth, and health. His anxiety and restlessness are palpable. His heart is filled with dread, and his mind is plagued by the anticipation of even worse to come. Job is caught in a cycle of fear and anticipation, which only feeds his worry and despair.

However, Job’s story doesn’t end in despair. Despite his pain and suffering, Job eventually experiences the profound presence of God. Amid his loss, he gains a deeper understanding of God’s sovereignty and majesty. This revelation doesn’t immediately alleviate his fears or anxiety, but it shifts his perspective. He realizes that his fears, no matter how overwhelming, are minuscule compared to the grandeur of God.

Similarly, we may experience seasons of anxiety and fear, when the things we dread seem to loom larger than life. The anticipation of negative outcomes can rob us of peace and fill our lives with unnecessary worry. Like Job, we may find ourselves restless and troubled.

In such seasons, we are called to remind ourselves of God’s sovereignty. Yes, life may bring trials and fears, but God’s majestic power and love for us are far greater. He’s not just aware of our struggles; He walks with us through them, ensuring we’re never alone.

Today, let’s ask God to help us shift our focus from our fears to His sovereignty. His presence can bring peace in our restlessness, comfort in our fear, and hope in our despair.

Wonder in the Word

What fears or anxieties are you currently facing, and how can a deeper understanding of God’s sovereignty help you to navigate these challenges?