Missing Plane Underscores Culture of Fear

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After a long, arduous search, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing. After its communications went silent and its tracking systems were turned off, the Malaysian flight baffled investigators by its apparent disappearance "out of thin air."

The missing airliner and the subsequent search generated a variety of response. Many observers were rightly concerned for the safety of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members. Their friends and family members endured long hours of uncertainty. CNN drew interest and criticism for its airing of various theories of the plane’s fate—some sensible and some not.

Maybe most notable in the situation was the level of fear and uncertainty the announcement and search caused worldwide. News outlets widely theorized the plane was hijacked, with possible destinations being Pakistan, Kazakhstan or Iran.

This story was a breeding ground of uncertainty, doubt and fear.

We live in a world of terror, and a glance at the newspaper confirms it. But you don’t have to live in fear of the unknown dangers of the world. The cure for fear and doubt is trust in God.

Those who fear and seek God have no need to live in terror, however. Of those who trust in Him Psalm 91 says, "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night" (Psalm 91:5). Trust in God, and leave the fear and uncertainty beyond the headlines behind.