Let’s face it, there is no one on the planet who has not experienced fear. The definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.
Fear is something that we all have in common. It is unpleasant, often threatening, sometimes founded and sometimes unfounded. It is caused by people or circumstances and sometimes even by ourselves. Fear is real and stressful. So what do we do about it?
First, we must remember that our response to fear as Christians is based on our understanding of Scripture and specifically Jesus’ words that describe to us that we will have challenging times that will evoke fear but that HE has overcome these challenges even fear. He came, he died and He took even our fears on the cross. Sounds too good to be true, right? But I have found along the way in my personal spiritual journey that there is indeed a peace that defies understanding. Paul writes:
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. These words were written by a man who had reason to be so fearful that he could have easily fallen into the fear tunnel and never found his way out. He was beaten, rejected, thrown in jail countless times, but he discovered a peace that defied reality. He found what I would like to call a bubble of supernatural peace.
Friends, this does not happen overnight. It does not happen because we will ourselves to be less fearful. It happens when we are intentional on seeking God in all things; when we allow the Scriptures to seep deep into our hearts; when we make space for Christ who bring us His peace.
Peace I give you not as the world gives you….
God specializes in taking our anxiety and fears and turning them into our biggest victories. I don’t know how He does it, I just know He does it. But we can only experience this by making space for Him. So let’s get practical. How do we do this?
- First, have a grateful heart. Thank Him for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sounds nutty but it repositions our thinking around the Lord and not our situation.
- Be intentional about reading His Word of hope and peace. He has this and His Word will lead you beside still water and restore your soul.
- Make sure you have friends who are fellow travelers on your Christian journey who will help you in the darkest of times by praying for you, listening to your story and giving you wisdom.
Isaiah writes a profound word that reminds us that we should not entertain fear:
Who are you that you should be afraid? (Isaiah 51:12).
So I leave you with this question. Who are you that you should be afraid? You are the daughter or son of God Most High, El Elyon. You are the king’s kid who gives you an alternative way to live your life from a fearful existence to one of hope. Which way will you choose?
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)