Have Faith, Not Fear!

Written By Damilola Fasoyiro, United Kingdom

When I was going through a difficult situation in my life—my family was facing challenging financial circumstances, my parents were separating, and my secondary school final exams were drawing near—I found myself in a state of despair, not knowing where to turn to.

At that point, a Christian friend pointed out to me that we face trials so that our faith grows stronger. She also shared with me that God uses different situations for our good and that there was a reason behind everything that happens. She encouraged me to place my problems in God’s hands and rely on His help and guidance. Practically, I learned to rely on God’s written word—the Bible—as my guide.

That’s where I learned that God does not leave us on our own to suffer when we find ourselves in the darkest pit of life. Instead, He will lead us through life and rescue us from the troubles we are facing, just as Psalms 46:1–2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea”.

Even though my parent ended up separating, there was still good that came out of it. I had the opportunity to go to a church which comprised people who care, are kind and are ready to help others. As for my exams, I managed to do my best and got the grades I wanted.

Life can hit us with various troubles, be it family problems, financial instability, or life-threatening illnesses. We may find ourselves asking, “Why me?”

Instead of focusing on that question—which we may never find the answer to anyway—let’s rely on the Lord’s helping hand in such situations, knowing that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

It may be very difficult to hold on to this truth in difficult situations, but that does not change the reality that God does care for His children. As of today, I am still facing problems in life, but I know that God is there to guide and assist me. He is always there to rescue us if we are in trouble.

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