So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
What do you fear?
Losing someone you love? Being hurt, sickness, finances? Heights?
Fear is common. Some of the most common fears are: Death, flying, spiders, the dark.
One mental health study shows 60% of the things we fear will never even take place. 30% of the things we fear happened in the past and cannot be changed. 90% of the things we fear are really insignificant issues.
Fear doesn’t seem insignificant to the one who’s fearing.
Fear is crippling.
Fear is consuming.
Fear is a thief, robbing us of precious joy.
It’s not easy to overcome a fear. For years I was terrified of the dark. People use to make jokes about the lights on at my house because no matter what time they road by, day or night, it was lit up like a motel. I’m not exactly sure when or how I overcame that fear. I’m still not a huge fan of the dark but now I can at least manage to sleep without lights on. I am so thankful for the patience and understanding of my husband who was never a fan of sleeping with lights on.
Are there fears holding you back? Is something crippling you? Is there a fear robbing you of joy?
The Bible refers to two different types of fear. The first type is a beneficial fear of the Lord. It’s meant to be an encouragement to us, to let us know that nothing is greater than God, to remind us of His power and glory, that He is the almighty and that nothing can destroy us because He is on our side. The second type is a “Spirit of fear”. This is the fear of something.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
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? Psalm 56:3-4
A month ago, I would have bravely and adamantly expressed, “I have no fear” and yet today, I will admit that in the past few weeks, many fears have come to light. I am now in the process of either conquering them or allowing them to continue to control parts of my life. As I stated above, fear alone can be a scary place, huh? It is crippling.
I can honestly say the thing that has helped me most through the past few weeks has been my time spent with God, be it through prayer or through Scripture. I was recently encouraged to write down verses that would help me in times of fear or other significant struggles and that journey has been a very powerful one. Not only am I learning Scripture and embedding it into my heart, but I’m finding new ways to look at things, to process them and to move forward. God has been my refuge, my shelter in the storm. Give it a try ;)
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall. Isaiah 25:4
What’s your fear? What’s holding you back?