Doubts and fear you can do without. They are not your friends. Their advice is never valid. They tell you to run and hide. You are no longer cared for and protected. And that can be a terrifying feeling. It has been said that the power of the devil is rooted in fear. But we have nothing to fear because we have Jesus, who called the devil the father of lies. But the One who cannot lie has promised to look after you. God will not leave you alone in times of darkness.

Once a group of laborers was ordered to cut down all the trees in a certain section of a city park and started their work with zeal and enthusiasm. However, soon they came to a certain tree that was housing a robin’s nest. The mother bird, sitting on her eggs, appeared to be terrified.

“We can first cut down the other trees,” said the foreman, who had a soft heart.

Two days later, still busy cutting down trees, they noticed four baby birds looking out in wonder at the world around them.

“Let’s leave them a bit longer,” the foreman said. “We are still busy enough elsewhere.”

But finally the day came when this tree had to be cut down. The nest was empty now though, and the foreman rejoiced. The birds had flown.

Then his eyes fell on a grimy piece of cardboard, the size of a business card in the grass near the tree and he felt compelled to pick it up. It turned out to be a scripture card from a Sunday school lesson. The card read, “In God we trust.”

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Jesus Himself spoke the beautiful words, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” (Matthew 10:29)

Not even a bird is outside the care of the Father. If the problems and cares of a bird are known to God, how much more will He then care for us? Every worry and each care is known to Him.

True, at times, we may be tempted to think that these are nice, poetic words, but no more than that. After all, our lives are full of problems, and if God is so caring, why then doesn’t He take them away?

Well, He does, but not always as soon as we want or in the way we think best, and neither are there one-size-fits-all solutions.

One thing we need to learn as believers is to look at life in the way God wants us to look at it. We think a good life is a life without hardship. We long for a problem-free life. Trials and tribulation are considered very unwelcome guests. It’s understandable and very human, but it’s not the right way to look at life. And yet, deep inside, we know it. Nothing builds our faith better than obstacles. Through trials, our relationship with Jesus grows faster than in any other way, if we seek His face in the tribulation and seek to trust Him.

Jesus never promised we would not have difficulties. He told us in scripture, “In Me you shall have peace. In the world, you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Faith is our anchor. The anchors the world offers won’t hold. The world, because of its lack of faith is like sinking sand and every time we put our full trust in the world we are bound to failure and disappointment.

Of course, we are tempted to worry at times and we do sometimes forget God’s bountiful promises. But even if we are faithless, He still remains faithful. Sure, it’s not always easy, but it doesn’t depend on us, but on His Word, and His Word cannot fail.

You will always be glad tomorrow, that you trusted Him today. Jesus will not let you down. He who looks after the sparrow will look after you.

Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

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Koos Stenger

Hi. My name is Koos and I am from the Netherlands. I have known Jesus for about 40 years and lived as a missionary in several countries, like Brazil and South Africa. Recently I moved back to the Netherlands in order to write. My goal in life? I hope to help, inspire and strengthen others with the Good News of God's love. I have been married for 40 years and my wife and me have seven wonderful children. (and one dog) I pray my articles will be a blessing to you, dear reader. Warm greetings and God's blessing to you. Kind regards Koos

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