WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Fear in Psalms 55
WHETHER IT’S A PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, OR SPIRITUAL BATTLE, WE’VE ALL FOUGHT FEAR. THE GOOD NEWS WE GAIN FROM THE PSALMS IS THAT WE CAN LEARN TO HANDLE FEAR RATIONALLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE. FEAR IS A NATURAL REACTION TO SOME SITUATIONS, BUT WE CAN FIND PEACE BY CALLING OUT TO GOD, SURRENDERING TO HIM WHAT WE CANNOT CONTROL, AND CHOOSING TO WALK IN FAITH.
Identify the Current Issue
All of us experience fear. More than any other emotion we experience, fear is linked to our brain and nervous system. When we walk into a potentially dangerous situation, our nervous system immediately kicks in with a fear response. This response consists of a number of involuntary reactions that occur in our body.
For instance, our brain diverts blood away from our digestive system and to our muscles in case we have to run or fight. Our eyes dilate, making our peripheral vision better. Our body releases adrenaline, which intensifies our awareness and gives us extra energy.
Discover the Eternal Principles
A; When we’re afraid, we dwell on possibilities and want to run, fight, or distrust others.
B. We find peace when we surrender what we can’t control to God.
Apply Your Findings
We find peace when we walk in faith. Psalm 55 ends with “But as for me, I trust in you.” Having faith in times of fear may sound like a cliché, but it’s the only true way forward. When we believe God has the power to do anything, the character to do the right thing, and the love to care about us, we will find peace.
Fear is natural. It’s a physiological response God hardwired into our brains to protect us. But despite our physical reactions to scary situations, we have a choice about how to handle our fear. We can allow our fear to paralyze us, or we can ask God for help, surrender what we cannot control to him, and decide to move forward in faith.
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