I’ve been thinking lately about how easy it is to reflex to a place of fear instead of faith. Have you noticed that with people you know well? Myself included. We flow through the months and years of our lives hoping, if we’re going to be honest, that we won’t have to face the trials which most certainly come with the territory. And when momentary challenges come? Fear. Fear of loss. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of becoming even more afraid…You get the idea.
But why do so many of God’s people struggle with being afraid? Even a cursory reading of the Bible should shatter any fear-based paradigm the enemy wants us to walk in.
“If God be for us, who can be against us?”
“Remember the Lord, great and awesome!”
“He who has begun a work in you WILL complete it in Christ Jesus.”
“God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
And yet, when storm clouds appear on our personal horizon, fear tends to quickly follow. Not faith. Not resolve. Not a sense that Jesus will rise up and fight for me. Just fear. Not always but too often, if we’re really honest about things. I have a friend who is a nationally known worship leader/composer who shared a dream he had. In the dream he saw a group of broken crates, of differing sizes, strewn about the room. “What are these, Lord?”, he inquired. And Jesus spoke to my friend these words, “Son, these are the boxes you keep trying to put me in. And I will break out of all of them!”
Do you put God in a certain sized box? Can He do certain things on your behalf and yet you wonder if He can accomplish the bigger issues you face? Is that the root of why you grow fearful in your life? I wonder what the Church would look like if we truly believed the words of the Bible. All I know for sure is that when I bow to fear I am telling Jesus who He isn’t and what He cannot do for me. And then I quickly repent. My encouragement to you is to move as quickly as you can from fear to faith when you suddenly feel insecure. Let Jesus be who He says He is…Lord over all; One who fits into no man-made box.