I don’t know about you, but I like to control things—or at least have the illusion of being in control by analyzing, planning, making checklists, and to be honest, worrying. I know God says be anxious for nothing, so on faith-filled days I briskly cast my line of cares to Him, watching them sail away up to the heavens. Other days I gripe, “That’s easy for Him to say—He doesn’t need to be anxious for anything because He has all the answers!” And one by one I reel those cares right back in where I can keep a firm grip on them. Don’t get me wrong, I always have plenty of faith the Lord will fulfill His promises to friends or relatives. But I tend to get wobbly knees when standing on my own word from God when I’m the one who’s sick or jobless or under attack. Fortunately, there’s a fool-proof solution to anxiety, and God’s told me what it is.
I’m so excited to receive positive feedback about In the Shadow of the King—thank you readers! I think one reason the main character Hannah and her story resonate with people is because she is so utterly human in asking, “Is Yeshua who he says he is?” Looking back from the vantage point of 2,000 years of history and with the added Spirit-inspired commentaries of New Testament eyewitnesses, it’s easy to critique the religious leaders of Yeshua’s day. But are we any more faith-filled today? If we’re honest, who of us has not questioned our Creator? Most of us wouldn’t express blatant unbelief out loud. But terrible accidents, illnesses, mistreatment, and loss can lead us to question in our hearts, “Lord, are you really who you say you are?”