As chaos abounds, my heart races. My mind sends agile thoughts running as if to finish first in the 100 meter dash.
Fear. Worry. Beginning to feel unnerved and unsure of what could be.
In less than a second I can go from completely grounded and full of confidence in God’s word to paralyzed with fear and crippled by uneasiness.
In the back of my head I hear the words whisper, “Oh ye of little faith”, and just like that I’m back on my knees asking God to once again forgive me for the millionth time. I can go from Faithful to Fearful in a moments notice.
Fear is a silent enemy.
It creeps in.
Satan uses it as a weapon to incapacitate our faith.
When we are overwhelmed by fear, we are taking our eyes off God.
We become vulnerable to the lies of the adversary.
In our present circumstances there is an ever growing amount of anxiety and apprehension.
Turn on the news or read any media outlet and you don’t need a brain scientist to spell it out for you. Its everywhere you go.
With that being said by all means we should not make ourselves immune to what is going on around us but for those of us whose hope is in the Lord-we have no reason to fear.
My absolute favorite bible verse is:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
It’s interesting God doesn’t suggest or advise us to be strong and courageous, he commands it. He is directing us to be resilient, to be brave but he also tells us not to be afraid. Why? Because he, the Lord our God will be with us. Sometimes? Most of the time? Just on Sundays or when we are doing as he asks? NO! He is with us wherever we go. Always. No matter what. It certainly is a simple truth. However under the mask of lies and deceit, one that can be easily forgotten.
There are so many times God tells us do not fear. A common pattern.
He must know it’s something we need to hear over and over and over again.
I know I do.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41: 10 (NIV)
Again, God reminds us he is with us. He also tells us he will stregthen us and help us.
We aren’t in this alone.
When we place our trust in him, he is our fortitude and comfort.
“For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind”. 1 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
Fear does not come from God. He has given us power over fear, through him. Through his love. When we keep our eyes focused on him we can have a sound mind. Uninterrupted by concern but centered on Christ.
Yesterday, as I had mentioned in my previous post. We had an earthquake.
As I explained to my 7 year old what we had experienced, how there was no need to worry because God is in control and always takes care of us, and no matter what we will be okay, her response was to counsel me on the scripture she had learned about not being afraid. There may be a good chance it might have been my favorite verse too :)! Her sheer amount of trust and lack of worry comforted me in knowing that even with all my shortcomings, God can still work in spite of her mess of a mom :).
All she needed was God’s truth and she knew everything was going to be okay.
It melts my heart. When she is the one reminding me.
Because all we need is faith like the grain of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20) and God will do the rest.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for always being so patient with us. It doesn’t take much for fear to overtake our thoughts and immobilize us. Please help us to remember you are always with us. You are our ever present help in trouble. Please give us strength to keep our eyes on you. To have faith like that of a child. To be faithful and fearless. To trust you without hesitation because we know you are enough. Please continue to keep each one of us and our loved ones safe and healthy father. For we know you are in control.
We love you and glorify you.
In your name Jesus,