We fear so many things:
- We fear what people think about us when God is asking us to follow Him.
- We fear the worst if we were to take another hit with a financial crisis.
- We are afraid to go places that God might want us to go for fear of our safety.
- We are afraid to expose sin and bring them to light although its the first step in eliminating it.
- We are afraid to engage neighbors because it may require more time out of our busy schedules.
- We are afraid to act out of our identity in Christ because the enemy has lied to us.
- We are afraid to take bold steps of faith because Christians around us will call it irresponsible.
- We are afraid to be vulnerable in our relationships because we have been hurt before.
We are afraid of so many things! Our fears have the potential to divide our hearts and our thinking because we, many times, give more weight to our fear than the powerful, loving, enduring word of God. Our fear contends with our desire to follow God and it drives us down paths that are not congruent with His guiding. When our fear gets coupled with doubt in God’s sovereignty and goodness it begins to tear down our courage. However, we are reminded on several occasions in the scriptures to, “take heart!”
When we allow fear to make decisions for us, we align ourselves with the ministry of darkness instead of the ministry of light. Our awareness, prayer, and the constant renewal of our minds are essential in realigning ourselves with God. I love how King David prays in Psalm 86:
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Father, You are worthy of our trust because You are fully in control and fully good. Unite our hearts to fear You and You alone! Give us courage to walk in Your ways.