Living in Fear (#cmdevo #forgottenfacts)
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." — Isaiah 41:10
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love." — 1 John 4:18
Our society promotes fear. The news, radio stations, papers, and even magazines all make their money by driving fear into our lives and sending us messages saying we are not safe. They feed off of war, destruction, and violence. For centuries government propaganda has done the same in many countries – even simple mud-slinging in North American elections are meant to promote fear. Perhaps not the kind of fear that makes you question your values in order to save your life, but still, fear is fear.
These are both powerful verses for what God says about fear. I chose one out of the Old Testament and one out of the New Testament just to show you that God has not changed His views or His promises to us. God doesn’t want us to fear. It’s as simple as that. He doesn’t want you to be afraid of your future, your grades, your financial situation, or your life. What does fear promote? Nothing good I assure you. Fear slows us down, prevents us from reaching our full potential, and holds us back from God’s plan for us. When you’re dealing with fear, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Firstly, you have the Creator of the universe on your side, fighting for you and helping you along! God has made a covenant to us promising to never forsake us. A covenant is the strongest binding promise one could ever make. It was revered in the Old Testament and should still be today. God made this kind of promise to remind us that He will never back out. God, always being true to His word, will never break a covenant He has made to His children.
Secondly, what is the absolute worst case scenario that could happen in any fearful situation? Death? Why fear death? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and if you’re constantly pursuing the Lord in whatever you’re doing, there should be absolutely no fear in death! I think once we realize this, we will become empowered and motivated to persevere and cast aside fear.
Yes, I understand many situations which cause fear are not life-threatening; however I think it’s important to think to yourself, “What is the worst thing that can happen?” You fail the test…so what? You don’t get the job…so what? Someone says no when you’re hoping for a yes…so what? The moment you cast aside fear, you are able to grow in an even deeper relationship with God. Your barriers come down and you can invite God in saying, “Lord, I know you will never leave me. Show me the way.” If something doesn’t happen in your life, it simply wasn’t meant to be.
One of my favourite worship songs, “In Christ Alone”, touches on fear and how when we have Jesus there is no need for it. I encourage you to listen to the song – even if you already know it! – and reflect on the true meaning of those verses and what they mean for your life. Ask God to help you understand why fear is unnecessary when we have Jesus.
Whatever situation you are in, God is working through it. He has greater plans than you could ever imagine. It’s frustrating when you can’t see the end of the road, but He can and trust me when I say He loves working through the ups and downs of life with you!