We get it, fear is not of God. Fear is the opposite of trust. Fear is sin. Yet, we all have fears. Fears of change, fears of the unknown, fears of failure. We worry about our kids, grandkids, jobs and future. We are afraid of spiders, snakes, heights and more. It has been said that the Bible states 365 times, “do not be afraid” or “do not fear.” Therefore I’m assuming this must be important and realize since God had it written so many times, He knew we would all struggle with this issue. Remember the stories of Abraham, Moses, Noah and Joshua. “Leave your family Abraham and go to a land I will show you, Noah, build an ark and while you’re at it, gather up two of every kind of animal because I am going to flood the earth. Moses, go tell Pharoah to let my people go. Joshua, lead my people into the promised land by marching around the walls of Jericho and on the final day, shout.” All asked to do major, life changing things and yet told do not fear. Most of us like to excuse fear and claim we have a right or good reason to be afraid. The reality, however, is that we do not and when we are afraid, we are failing to trust in God. So, what are we to do with our fears? How do we respond when we are afraid? In essence we are to think upon truth.
1. “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
When fear rises, we must immediately give our fears to the Lord. Instead of being afraid, we must trust God, who holds the world in the palm of His hands.
2. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7
When we are afraid, pray. We must give our fears to Him, trust Him and enjoy His precious peace.
3. “Do not be afraid…..Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome.” Nehemiah 4:14
We do not serve a weak God. We serve the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Our God is great. Our God is awesome. Therefore, no matter what we are facing, He is greater. We can trust Him! We must remember then whom we serve!