Freedom From Worry
By A. A. Ronshausen
Faith is not fear, but confidence and trust. Faith and fear cannot exist in the same heart. In the storm, Jesus wearied, slept. The disciples fearing, woke Him, crying, “Master, carest Thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38). Awaking, He calmed the storm, and rebuked them, saying “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” (Matt. 8:26; cf. Mark 4:40).
Faith is not worry. Faith is freedom from worry. “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Pet. 5:7). Worry is sin. Worry is unbelief. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6).
Why Worry When You Can Pray
Faith leaves the outcome with God. Like Esther going in to the king, “...If I perish, I perish” (Esth. 4:16).
Faith never despairs. Like Paul on the Alexandrian grain ship, when all hope had fled, cries, “Be of good cheer: for I believe God” (Acts 27:25). Faith, like David at Ziklag, when all was lost and his men sought to stone him, encourages itself in the Lord (1 Sam. 30:6).
“Is any thing too hard for the Lord?...” (Gen. 18:14). “...Faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises...” (Heb. 11:33). Faith is the victory (1 John 5:4). When men believe, God works.