FEAR: It’s one thing that pretty much every one of us has dealt with in our lives.
For some, it’s fear of scary things, some have fear of snakes, others of things that go ‘bump’ in the night (especially if you’ve watched a scary movie.
Those fears, however, are pretty trivial. They’re not the kind that can ruin your day…or your life.
There are those fears too.
Fear of the Future.
Fear of Failure.
Fear of Embarrassment.
Fear of letting others down.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of being left alone.
Fear of ‘what might happen’.
For many of us, these fears can be serious. They can steal our joy, they can make us ‘cranky’, they can cause us to disengage from others…or from ‘living’.
In some cases, our fears can paralyze us, causing us to be so overwhelmed with ‘what ifs’ or ‘what might happen’ that we can’t make a decision, we lose sleep, we get increasingly anxious.
If you are one who is struggling with this–either as an ongoing issue, or in a specific circumstance right now–you’re probably feeling a bit anxious about reading this already.
The big question, of course, is this: Is there a remedy? Is there anything you and I can do about these fears?
The answer is a hopeful one: YES!
So, what is the antidote to fear?
Not simply ‘faith’ that things will all work out, and certainly not ‘faith’ in ‘fate’.
I’m talking about faith in God…the Creator, who made you, loves you, and has you in His hands.
I’m talking about trust in Jesus, as your Savior, Deliverer, and Friend.
Active, trusting FAITH…in the God who loves you…and in His ability, willingness and desire to give you the best life possible, using all of the circumstances in your life for His purposes, and for your eternal good…that kind of faith chases away fear.
…and He does it all while helping you to grow into His image and likeness, becoming increasingly like Him.
This kind of faith doesn’t pretend that trials aren’t real. It doesn’t ‘put on a happy face’ while secretly drowning in fear.
Instead, this kind of faith continually takes those circumstances, those ‘what if’s’, and those fears…and gives them to Him, trusting in his loving, wise, powerful will–that He will work for our eternal good.
This kind of faith then leaves it all in His hands, and focuses on the things that we know of Him: He’s worked in the past, He’s holy, He’s powerful, He’s good, etc.
As Paul wrote in Philippians 4: 6-8:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
It is because of our trust in His character–that He is “true, honorable, right, pure…” and because of our commitment to “Think about” (or “set our minds on”) these things, that we have peace.
Peace that passes understanding.
Peace…that comes from trusting in our loving Heavenly Father.
I heard a great song this morning.
I’ve heard it many times before, and we’ve sung it in church, but today…for a few reasons…the words hit me and made me take notice.
“I’m no longer a slave to fear…I am a child of God”…
Take a listen…and, IF you are a believer in Jesus, by the Grace of God, empowered by the Spirit, then trust Him to walk with you through whatever circumstances you’re facing right now.
Let go of fear. Replace it with faith.
God has you in His hands. Rest there!