As a father and husband, I notice the single greatest disruption to my life and my families is the reoccurring presence of “Fear” in my home and family. Hardly a day passes when we are not confronted with some form of “Fear” manifesting in our lives. From the pressures to provide financially to the distress of a health problem to the tensions at work or school. Life is constantly providing circumstances beyond our ability to control, and in those moments we have a choice on how we are going to react.
Will we allow ourselves to be driven by our fear or will we maintain faith that God can handle it and has a path forward for each impossible life circumstance we encounter ?
FEAR – noun
“A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid” (Source -Dictionary.com)
“Confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.”(Source – Dictionary.com)
I don’t want to re-quote all of the evangelical bible study catch phrases to raise your guilt levels and insult your intelligence… I know that most of you already know the framed verses in your homes…we’ve all read enough daily devotional guides and feel good theology books to choke us. Most of us know those oft quoted verses by heart and have since childhood, but they have not fundamentally changed how we think or live. We understand with our minds that God is all-powerful, and able to raise the dead, heal the sick, split the seas etc…but when it comes to our lives, He seems so… distant.
Why is that?
One humble suggestion… because we forget that God actually died for US. I know it’s a simple thought, but in our Christian soaked culture of sinners prayers and saved from hell salvation stories, we forget that God actually is seeking to be intimate and personal with US. We can readily accept His plan of salvation for ALL mankind, or for the sincere and sweet neighbor, but not really for us. We deep down consider that we should have to fight a little bit to get into the club, earn our own way forward. So we distance ourselves from the power and peace of God to gain some respect and strength on our own.
In the end, if we fail to grasp the very life we profess to have…we are pretending to be something we are not. God has saved us from more than an eternal condemnation. He has saved us from the need to be in control, from the threat of loss and from the tyranny and reach of FEAR. We have been saved from the unknown, from the threat of disaster, from the out of control lives we are desperate to protect and direct. We’ve just forgotten.
8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Remember the faithfulness of God.
Remember the sweetness of resting in His ability.
Remember He has a plan for our lives.
Remember you are not alone.
Remember you will never be.
Remember by being in His word, as often as you can.
Remember by surrendering.
Remember that God has removed YOU from the reach of Fear, today, tomorrow and forever. The only weapon the enemy of our soul has left, is the weapon of creating fear out of our doubts, and stubborn determination to remain in some form of control of our lives.
When we surrender to God, we destroy Fear. May your day be full of remembering God’s faithfulness and forgetting your fears. Paul began and ended almost every letter to the early church with these words… Peace and Grace. I believe he was reminding his readers and himself of God’s truth in every circumstance. Peace and Grace over Fear and Doubt.
My hope for you… Live in the confidence of God’s truth every day, and it’s power will help to keep us all in between the lines and on the road of life for our homes.