«The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead» (Proverbs 11:8).
Jehoshaphat was one of the most loyal kings of Judah to the heavenly Father. However, one day he arose with the news that a huge army was coming directly against him. Suddenly he started to sweat cold with fear. He took a brief count of the number of troops he had at his disposal and realized that he could not defeat his enemy. What could he do? Fear began to invade him. Then he fell on his knees in prayer confessing that he was dying of fear (2 Chronicles 20:3). God responded in a timely manner!
I remember that during a flight over a mountainous area I underwent some truly distressing moments. A storm did not allow us to land at the airport. The rain seemed to get heavier with each passing moment. The plane shook in a violent way. For more than half an hour we were flying over the airstrip in the midst of the storm. The restlessness among the people grew at every moment and suddenly the cries began. I didn’t know what to do. I looked all around me and saw the fear on the faces of the passengers. I have seldom felt this way. Fear was invading me. A lady who was sitting next to me didn’t hide her panic. So I took out a small Bible that kept in my jacket pocket and asked her to read Psalm 23. She did and she calmed down. All of a sudden, we heard the pilot asking the passengers to prepare for a forced landing. And there, in the midst of the storm, the plane landed safely.
Fear can be an opportunity to approach God. Moments of danger remind us that we are extremely vulnerable. On more than one occasion you will have to face difficult situations. As Jehoshaphat, you may one day wake up with the news that an army of troubles is coming directly toward you. And you realize you don’t have the ability to overcome them. In those moments, instead of being brave, it is best that you Imeel before God and recognize that you are dying of fear. He will know what to do.
Young people have to struggle with various fears throughout their lives, so they need God. What is it that deprives you of sleep and rips the strength from you to be happy? Does it have to do with the possibility of your parents getting a divorce? Is it the lack of money to pay for your studies? Or maybe the fear of remaining alone and not finding a partner? He will deliver you from that tribulation!