It is unfortunate, but true. Fear is a traveling companion for many of us.
The fear of losing our job. The fear that someone will discover that we’re not really as good as they think we are. The paralyzing fear of man. Of making mistakes. Of not being good enough.
As Lucado takes us through a journey of the list of fears that might keep us up at night (e.g., the fear of disappointing God, overwhelming challenges, not mattering, and life’s final moments, etc.), he constantly reminds us that Jesus said, “Do not be afraid.”
What I need to remember is this: When Jesus said, “Do not be afraid,” He meant it. He has given me the provisions, the tools, the resources, to turn from fear to faith. God would never tell me to do something that is impossible to do, right?
Fear is an ugly place to live and work. Nothing good comes out of it. Being afraid of the unknown does not give us more control of our situation. It just makes us feel crappy. And it steals our joy.
“Fear itself is not a sin. But it can lead to sin…
Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts. It will always knock on the door.
Just don’t invite it in for dinner, and for heaven’s sake don’t offer it a bed for the night.”
God’s Word and God’s voice. They are powerful enough to remove all fear, and gentle enough to soothe our souls. I like that.
I’m interested…What helps you move from fear to faith?
What would I do if I were ten times bolder (my theme for 2010)?
I will choose to believe God at His Word and accept his peace, rather than dwelling on my anxious thoughts.