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When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust;
I shall not be afraid.  Psalm 56:3-4a.

A working person’s days are filled with highs and lows.  Sometimes you make the sale, sometimes you lose the bid.  You might get a phone call inviting you back for a second interview because the management team was impressed and wants to seriously consider you for a new position.  Sometimes you get an email starting with “Dear Candidate” that thanks you for your interest.

The highs can be exhilarating but the lows can be devastating.  The worst are the ones we were counting on.  Many other areas of our lives can depend on how things go at the workplace.  You might really have needed that sale to make your quota or even hold onto your job.  You might need that new position to pay the rent.  The lows can leave us in a state of desperate confusion and dread.

I have always loved our scripture for today.  The way it takes you on an arc from being afraid to not being afraid in a verse and a half is pretty amazing.  The climbing and falling action of the arc are also both the same – trusting in God.  But the high point of the arc is our praise for His word.

The word of God has what we need for the lows as well as for the highs.  Even when we think we are worthless failures, the Lord has provided us with comfort, support, hope, encouragement, reassurance, and anything else our hearts might lack during those dark times.  The higher regard we have for the Bible, the more we can draw from it during our times of need.  Treasure those words my friends.  They are true, even when all the fear inside us says they are not.

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