Stan Toler in his book, God Has Never Failed Me Before tells the story of  a French soldier in WWI who used to carry a little card with him to help him overcome worry… with the following words;
“Of two things one is certain, either you are at the front, or you are behind the enemy lines. If you are at the front of two things, one is certain. Either you are exposed o dangers, or you are in a safe place. If you are exposed to danger, of two things, one is certain. Either you are wounded, or you are not wounded. If you are wounded, of two things, one is certain. Either you recover, or you die. If you recover, there is no need to worry. If you die, you cannot worry. SO WHY WORRY???”

One man who was drowning in problems said, “I’ve got so many troubles that if anything bad happens to me today, it’ll be two weeks before I can worry about it”

It’s so easy for us to worry, fret, and stew over things that we have no control of. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that eight-five percent (yes – 85%) of what we worry about never happens Moreover, the study found that 79% of us handle the 15% that does happen in ways that surprise us with our ability to turn the situation around.

It’s like what Mark Twain once said, “My life has been filled with calamities, some of which actually happened.”

God encourages us in His Word to not be anxious. “Don’t worry,” He says, “I’ve got this.”
Luke 12:22-32  covers a lot of ground for the worrywart. Take no thought for what you shall eat or wear. But notice how Jesus doesn’t just tell the disciples that and leave them but promises them in Luke 12:32 to fear (there’s that worry) not, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. We are worried about what we are going to eat and wear, Jesus says, “Why worry about that, I’ve got a kingdom for you. An eternal kingdom that won’t fade away, that can’t be taken away.”

In my opinion that makes the things we worry about look pretty small. So small that why should I worry about them, why not let God handle them for me.


Is there anything you are afraid of? I mean really afraid of? Not just a little bothered by something but I mean really really afraid? It is human nature to be afraid to have phobias and fears.
Here are some interesting numbers according to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health and posted by Statistic Brain

Fear and Worry Statistics Data
Percent of things feared that will never take place 60 %
Percent of things feared that happened in the past and can’t be changed 30 %
Percent of things feared that are considered to be insignificant issues 90 %
Percent of things feared in relation to health that will not happen 88 %
Number of Americans who have a diagnosed phobia 6.3 Million
Top Phobias Percent of US Population
1 Fear of public speaking – Glossophobia 74 %
2 Fear of death – Necrophobia 68 %
3 Fear of spiders – Arachnophobia 30.5 %
4 Fear of darkness – Achluophobia, Scotophobia or Myctophobia 11 %
5 Fear of heights – Acrophobia 10 %
6 Fear of people or social situations – Sociophobia 7.9 %
7 Fear of flying – Aerophobia 6.5 %
8 Fear of confined spaces – Claustrophobia 2.5 %
9 Fear of open spaces – Agoraphobia 2.2 %
10 Fear of thunder and lightning – Brontophobia 2 %

Fear is something that scripture says we combat and conquer with divine love 1 John 4:18. We may have fears and worries about things that could happen to us, but we don’t have to worry if God will take care of us or not. I’m glad He will not leave us or forsake us. That He will never let us fall, that HE WILL NOT FAIL. Of this we do not have to be afraid.

D.L. Moody used to say, ” You can travel to heaven first class or second class. Second class is, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3. First class is, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. Psalm 56:11.