What I need to hear when … life has been difficult in so many places over the last few weeks, really the last many months. Yesterday more police were killed but this time in a courtroom. Sunday a pastor that I have greatly respected and followed left his church for reason of alcohol abuse. His name is Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. His church has grown much over the last 16 years and thousands upon thousands of lives have been changed.
What do I need to hear when the world seems to be unraveling? What must my heart cling to, my mind wrap itself around, and my voice speak? There are many verses that come to mind. Here are a few of them:
Psalm 118:8 NLT
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.
Proverbs 3:25 NASB
Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
Psalm 91:5 NASB
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Psalm 12:5 NASB
“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
John 12:36 NLT
Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.
John 14:1 NLT
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.
Hebrews 10:25 NLT
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
1 John 4:18 NLT
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
Mark 5:36 NLT
But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
We can go much further, but these verses take us down some paths that will lead us to hear God, trust God and to share with others what dispels faith. Read the Word. Pray the Word. Trust God as the Word tells us to do.