#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.

Enjoy! ~Nichole

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
Psalm 18:6

“Distress is a test. It shows who we are. In the time of trouble, are we overcome with anxiety and fear or do we turn to the Lord and find courage and the grace to stand?”

Distress, trouble and trial come to test us. Everyone experiences it in their lives. Do we surrender to fear or do we overcome fear by turning to the Lord? God allows the test; it shows who we are because those who believe turn to the Lord and call upon Him.

The Lord is a God who hears. He never leaves us nor forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5). Even when we feel the most alone and God seems distant, He is there. His angels collect our tears and record them in His book to repay us with joy at the Judgment Seat (Psalm 56:8, Revelation 21:4, Matthew 5:4).

It seems God does nothing unless a man first asks Him. Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7). James tells us “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:3b). The Lord is a God who hears and answers prayer. When we call upon the Lord and cry out to God, He hears and listens. He delivers and saves and our Lord gives us grace in the fire and comfort in the night.

When distress comes, I will call upon the Lord who hears and listens. I will not be one who fears. Fear will not overwhelm me because I will seek the Lord and God will give me courage in the face of all fear and peace that passes understanding.

The Lord is my rock. He is my refuge and fortress. He surrounds me with His love. In Him, I am safe and at rest. I will call upon Him and He will answer me. I will cry out to Him in my distress and He will say, “Here I am.”

Lord God, Father, thank you for being a God who hears and answers when we cry out to You. Thank you for hearing me in my distress and giving me the courage to overcome all my fears. In You I live, in You I overcome, and in You I find the grace to stand. Thank You Lord!

In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.


Ken Van Horn is a Pastor and Author who lives in Cusseta, GA. He served as a full-time non-lawyer judge for ten years.

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