A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
For some people winter isn’t a time to settle down with a good book by the fireplace but to head into the great outdoors. Climbing enthusiasts go in search of steep frozen waterfalls to scale using only their ice tools and rope. If you are so inclined to do so, there are two technical terms you should be familiar with. In case you slip, the long scary fall down is known as a “whipper”. The thought that you might soon be experiencing a whipper is known as “being in the grip”.
But you don’t have to climb frozen waterfalls to know what it feels like to be in the grip of fear and anxiety. No matter what stage you might be at in life there is always the potential of becoming overwhelmed and captivated by fear. Perhaps you are awaiting the results of a medical test or you are starting to think that you’ll never find the right job or that special person to complete your life. Whatever it is that is prompting you to be gripped by fear, there is a solution.
In Psalm 56, David finds himself dealing with a multitude of troubles and looming whippers. He does not deny the apprehension and anxiety this is causing him but acknowledges God’s promise to meet the needs of His children. David anticipates God’s faithfulness and praises Him proclaiming, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Over half of the occurrences of this particular Hebrew word, rendered trust, appear in the book of Psalms. The word batah (trust) speaks of complete confidence and security, resulting in a state of ease.
The next time you find yourself going into a whipper or gripped by fear, direct your gaze to the maker of all things and renew your trust in Him. There is no better place to be than in His grip!