Each week, we present words of reflection from one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional was written by Al Jackson.The Word:
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB)

The Story:
I remember the day as if it were yesterday. I had been laid off and my family was having financial struggles. The rent was due, and I had no idea how I was going to stop my family from being put out on the street. This fear came over me that I had failed as the leader of my household, a husband, and a father.  All I could think about was what people would be saying about my family. I just remember saying, “Lord, I need you.”  Just shortly after saying that, my wife was flipping through mail and found what she thought was an old pay stub from her last job.  Turns out, that pay stub was actually a check for over $1,000 from her 401K from her old job. It was enough to cover rent and a little more.  I learned a valuable lesson right then.  God does not want His people to be in fear of anything, but to seek a personal relationship with him; knowing we can trust Him in every situation.  The Bible tells us that as long as we have a relationship with God, we have nothing to fear.

The Reflection:
How often do we allow a fearful spirit to rule our lives? When facing difficult situations, how do we naturally react? Let’s take time to reflect on why we may be struggling with fear.

The Application:
This week, when we begin to feel anxious about our circumstances, let’s take time to remember that as followers of Christ, we can trust that God is with us in every situation. With the Lord, we have no reason to be afraid.

The Prayer:
Dear Lord, please give us the strength to rely on You and Your promises, so we don’t have that spirit of fear. We desire a relationship with You so we can come to You with anything. Amen.