Many followers of Jesus find that the future is blanketed with fear and anxiety. We look down the road and see dark clouds and terrible battles before us. There is a never-ending pandemic. The political power in Washington continues to shift to that which is antagonistic to the church.

Yet, to quote Bear Grylls in his devotional book Soul Fuel, “When we know who are are, who we follow, and who we can trust, it breeds an incredible freedom, especially from fear.”

Now, you may be like me. You read that and say to yourself, “That’s a great sentiment, but it doesn’t feel real.” I believe that is because most of us forget that God never promises to give us the strength to avoid difficulty. He promises to give us the strength to go through difficulty. And going through difficulty doesn’t always end with a Disney happy ending. After all, for every Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, there have been millions of devoted Christ-followers who have been tortured, abused and murdered simply because of their faith in God. Yes, I know. That’s not exactly the kind of statement that makes it out of the Christian church marketing department.

But when we honestly begin to grab hold of this truth — that our identity and success is about who’s we are not what is happening to us — we can find freedom from fear, worry and anxiety. We can truly find ourselves aligned with words of the Apostle Paul in Thessalonians 5:18 when he writes, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I pray that you and I will find that freedom in the days and months ahead. We are not bound by which political party controls the Senate or the White House. We are not bound by the latest CDC memo about the coronavirus. We are not bound by circumstances. Because we belong to Jesus, and his promises will be true tomorrow just as they are today and have been since the dawn of time.