Fear. We've all experienced it at some point in our lives. Perhaps we fear simple things – bugs, the creaks and groans of a house as it settles in for the night. Maybe we fear driving in heavy traffic. Or perhaps we fear deeper issues – rejection, verbal or physical abuse, financial ruin, divorce.
I faced a situation this past Friday that was scary, to say the least. This situation will be a life-changing. At first, I faced it head-on. It was either face it or ignore it and I can't afford to ignore it. So I dealt. And thought I was doing okay until last night.
Last night after I went to bed, I realized I was scared. I was full of fear. And I knew I could not face the next few weeks full of fear. It's often been said that faith is the opposite of fear. And I agree with that. But when my faith is a little shaky, then I turn to the Eradicator of fear: God. Lying in bed, I quoted Scripture:
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you
wherever you go."
Psalm 56: 3-4 "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word
I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"
I John 4:18 "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear."
Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to
fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
II Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of
love and of a sound mind."
Are you fearful today? Perhaps you face a loss – job, relationship, health. Perhaps you fear rejection, embarrassment. Those things of which you are most afraid, give them to the Eradicator of fear – God. Trust Him. He will wipe out the fear in your heart and mind, and give you peace. Selah.