The other day I was reading a devotional that addressed resentment as a self-inflicted wound. With there being such an emphasis on how outside factors impact our lives, I hadn’t given much thought to the internal factors. But it got me thinking. What are some of the things that keep me from developing a deeper relationship with God? In part 1 I examined the idea of resentment and now I’m going to move on to fear.
Fear so easily seeps into our lives.
The Bible tells us not to fear in some form or fashion in a million different ways. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but it comes up a lot. Unfortunately following the rules to “fear not” isn’t always simple. Fear so easily seeps into our every day lives.
Some of us fear failure. Others worry that we aren’t deserving of something. Past experiences and trials can make us afraid to try something again.
The idea of the future holds several questions that can invoke fear: where will life take us, will we be financially stable, will we get the job, will our kids be safe? For honesty sake, I’m going to say fear is something I probably grapple with on a daily basis. Especially when a spider decides to grace me with it’s presence.
In all seriousness, we are surrounded by fear every day. Social media is full of it. The news is full of it. If we’re not careful it can become both consuming and paralyzing. When we consume ourselves with anxiousness, fear slowly pushes us away from God.
Two ways to combat fear.
The first may seem obvious: trust. Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Whenever I read this verse I feel a sense of peace. God is with me. In good times, in bad times, in times of celebration, and when things get rough, He is with me. I need to trust that he is there and that he has a plan.
Another way to combat fear? Hope. Instead of being fearful of the future, be hopeful that things will work according to His plan. Hope and trust combined open our hearts to the will God.
As always, I encourage everyone to work on changing their heart so that fear doesn’t cause a permanent scar. The best way to do this is to spend time with God in whatever way works best for you, asking Him to help you give you the courage to banish fear from your life.