Updated: Jul 21, 2020
Fear is paralyzing and debilitating. For many, it is right now. 2020 has created pockets of fear that we never probably thought possible. Fear of things like sending your kids back to school or walking into a building with more than 10 people in a small space are commonplace now. We’ve got fear of COVID, fear of racial injustice, fear of racial reconciliation, fear of being essential, and fear of a vaccine that isn’t even available yet.
I believe that fear is a call from God to lean on him. It is not always a real danger, sometimes it takes hold and manifests into an anxiety or worry. It can be illogical and irrational, and it can be real, warranted and scary.
Faith is easy when life is easy. We can share about it, we can proclaim it, we can own it. But faith is completely different when we experience real fear and anxiety.
I am totally guilty of this. Not too long ago, as soon as I experienced a bit of fear or anxiety about a situation, I did what we all do. I logically look for solutions that I can put into action immediately. Even when the situation is illogical. For example, when I become anxious about finances, and I look for more income, or start saving. When I have anxiety about a big presentation, I practice and give myself a good ole’ empowerment pep talk. When I have a fear of something terrible happening to my children, I install extra security cameras. We look for security in our homes, our jobs, our looks – all things of this world. BUT where is God?
The year of 2020 has taught us that we are NOT in control.
But If we believe in Christ, we believe he died for us, he gave us salvation in eternity. This is the ultimate protection. We know that he never loses a battle, and he never will.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4 NIV.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 NIV.
Why is it that we are taught to look inside to our own strength and understanding, and not to God? Why is it that we are taught to be empowered, instead of resting in his power? (Thank you, Jennie Allen) Why is it that we are not taught to immediately rely on his strength, his power, his PROTECTION? He moves when no one else can. He weaves his tapestry of our lives whether we’re on board or not. So why not look to him in all things first and cast away fear?