Whenever I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. — Psalm 56:3.

I read today that the word “fear” can be an acronym for “false evidence appearing real.” Next thing you know I was playing with acronyms. How about “fake emotions appear reasonable.” One can waste a lot of time with acronyms, we each have enough experience with the word fear and the reality that true fear brings.

Our psalmist gives us a simple answer — when we are afraid, trust in God. I confess that the few times I feared for my life a prayer flowed quickly from my lips. I don’t know if God intervened or it just wasn’t my time, but bottom line I’m still here.

Our fears are usually not as bad a we imagine. When I counsel a person who is about to go to prison, my first goal is to assure the man or woman that most of his/her fears are unfounded. I am never 100% successful in this endeavor, but I usually can move the needle a little. Many a time a future inmate will say, “Oh yes, that is easy for you to say.” They are right.

What is important is not to let our fears affect who we are and how we react  to circumstance, and always, always, trust in God.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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