Fear comes in an instant, gripping our minds and hearts. It begins to hollow us out, slanting our perspective until it gains it’s ultimate motive, which is paralyzing us from taking action. We all face fear, but it comes in different ways to each of us. For some are busy, working every angle, plates of many responsibilities spinning, too afraid to rest. Others are anxious, fearful that each decision or action might place their life or the life of one they love in danger, and ultimately in peril. Still others are fighting, so competitive and seemingly sure of themselves, but really scared one loss will bring the whole stack of cards crumbling down. There are more paths, but I know each of these motivators pretty well and they all have their roots deep in fear. “The older I get the more I realize that quite possibly the biggest single enemy of our spiritual lives (other than Satan himself) is fear. Fear seems to be at the very core of all things that battle against my heart and soul.” – Jim Branch
When we’re anxious and begin to fear, we start a mental process, which considers our chances against whatever odds we face. The possible conclusions are endless, our minds race, our bodies tense and there’s no rest. Curiously, our souls have disengaged. Any prayers offered are desperate cries of help. Our ability to recall the presence of GOD or previous victories He has walked with us through runs as fast from us as our worries mount. Our greatest error in these moments is we have not considered our Savior to be with us in these circumstances. We are looking fearfully into the future, without imagining that as He is with us today, He will be with us tomorrow.
It is difficult to remember when we face fear, that our GOD is working. Just because His ways are not like ours, it doesn’t mean He doesn’t see us or care about every detail of our lives. His Word promises He sees you and me in our most difficult moments and even better, He is with us in those moments.
“I am holding you by your right hand – I, The LORD your GOD. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NLT)
In our darkest moments, GOD is not only with us, He is at work. In Acts 12, Peter was jailed, between two guards facing a serious trial. John’s brother James had been killed by Herod and Peter was sure to be sentenced to death in the morning. Then, an angel arrives, chains fall and Peter is escorted out of the cell. As they pass through 2 doors, they come to an iron gate, which leads to the street. At the moment they arrive, isn’t it interesting they find each one open.
“Not before we come to them, but at the moment of reaching them; when heart and flesh threaten to fail – in the dim light we shall find them standing open, set back for us to pass.” – F. B. Meyer
We are so prone to worry about details that are not ours to control or complete. Our assignment is to pray, to recall the faithfulness of GOD, trust HE is at work and know when our iron gate needs to open, it will be. GOD has created us for the exciting plans He has for us. He has included us in drawing others into His story. Let’s not allow the lies of our enemy to rob us of any of those plans, as he speaks fear into our hearts. Our greatest fear is death, and through CHRIST JESUS death has become a glorious door into the very presence of GOD. Doesn’t that just make you want to celebrate Easter like crazy?? God is for you, friend, so who can ever be against you?
“Because,” said the Mouse, “this is a very great adventure, and no danger seems to me so great as that of knowing when I get back to Narnia that I left a mystery behind me through fear.” – Reepicheep, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis