A Devotion to Help You Overcome Your Fears

When facing doubt and uncertainty, make Jesus your trustworthy counselor.

Posted in , Jul 8, 2020


“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29–31 (NIV)

I’m routinely amazed at how Jesus reveals Himself through real-life experiences, particularly when I include Him in the process.

My son, Isaac, has Down syndrome, and loving him has blessed and grown me in unexpected ways. Isaac has inspired me to be a better person and face many fears. One recent example was advocating for Isaac in making changes to his IEP (Individualized Educational Program).

My husband and I had a vision for Isaac, but even after doing extensive research, praying, and seeking expert counsel, I was full of doubt and fear. Was this plan best for Isaac? Could I make my case? What if I was wrong? Eventually I had to step out of the boat. I had to take the risk of trusting my gut, of pushing hard, of making a mistake, and then leave the outcome to Jesus.

Now, a year after the major changes I demanded on Isaac’s behalf, I marvel at the fruits of that arduous process. Pressing on produced incredible results, far exceeding what I imagined.

Since then I’ve faced other challenges that trigger the same fear and uncertainty—there have been many situations wrapped in that familiar invitation to answer Jesus’s call to come. Will I follow, entrusting the results to Him who loves me? My Savior is a trustworthy counselor and advocate (John 16:7).

FAITH STEP: Are you struggling with a dilemma fraught with fear? Recall a time when you struggled with a difficult decision and could later see Jesus’s hand.

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