Trusting in a World of Fear

August 24, 2010 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

I have a new article up over on the Bloom! webzine…perhaps you’d like to check it out?

We can be comfortable trusting people like us. We know how they’ll react, what they might do. But there is no pinning God down. It remains a mystery how his perfect sovereignty and power harmonize with his perfect love and wisdom, because the world’s events often seem so senseless that we wonder if He’s even paying attention. (How can a good God let this happen?) And it’s scary to trust someone who promises to bring good out of bad things but never promises to take away those bad things. As C.S. Lewis writes so fittingly about Aslan, the lion who represents Christ in his Narnia series: “Tame? Of course he isn’t tame! He’s a lion. But he’s good.”

And I find things that are wild and uncontrollable pretty unnerving.

God isn’t tame. He doesn’t promise that our fears won’t come through. But He does promise to carry us and bring good from it, and that in the end we will “look in triumph on [our] foes.” We will win, in the end.

We can’t control Him. But we can be so secure that we won’t fear bad news, and we can refuse to allow fears and worries for the future to suck the life and joy out of today. We can know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Jesus will take care of us no matter what.

And then we can live it.

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