“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
We hate to lose anything. Even losing our keys is maddening. The fear of loss, especially when it comes to the big things – our job, our health, our loved ones – is tormenting.
The fear of death is the greatest tormentor of all. David knew what it was like to be one step from losing his life. “… There is but a step between me and death.” (1 Sam. 20:3) The same David who fearlessly stood in the face of Goliath’s boasts was convinced that Saul would kill him. “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul …” (1 Sam. 27:1)
Death stalks each of us. The fear of loss is never far away. Job’s massive loss caused him to reflect: “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither” (Job 1:21). In this world of pain and loss is anything safe? Can we keep anything from being taken away from us?
For the sake of the gospel, the apostle Paul was deprived of his freedom. But in his lonely cell he refused to be forlorn considering what else he might have to lose. He made a decision to deposit all he held dear into the hands of the One he knew He could trust.
The things you hold dear are much better off in God’s hands than in yours. Let the fear of their loss remind you to let go. Give them all to God. Cast your every care on Him, knowing He cares for you.