Monday, October 17, 2016

Nothing To Fear

This month's Bible study focuses on the subject of fear, which is something I have recently had quite a bit of. In case you missed it, this is an addition to my last post titled "What's There To Fear?"

Fear is a unavoidable human emotion warranted by many circumstances. Life is hard. The events of daily life, whether health problems, relationship conflicts, financial struggles, or all of the above, tend to leave us ensnared in the trap of fear and worry.

Feeling afraid is normal, but God commands us NOT to fear. 
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
And He consistently nullifies all reasons for fear.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:1-2
While God specifies not to be afraid, He does NOT state that Christians will not endure experiences with the potential to precipitate fears. After all, we are only human - humans existing in a sinful world where, unfortunately, negative emotions are a consequences.

Mark 4:35-41 - Jesus Calms the Storm is a prime example.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40-41
Like previously noted, it becomes a balance between faith and inherent human reactions. Thankfully though, God grants us the option not to consume ourselves with incessant fear. We have the choice to trust God's intentions, recognize the involvement of fear in our lives, surrender said fears to Him, and then move on OR to lead a life dictated by overwhelming concern. Faith offers liberation from the striking fears in the midst of life's storms.
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3
Surrendering fear to Him is easier said than done, I know. When all appears hopeless, this is an area in my life needing improvement. God does NOT promise the rain will never come. But it is better to swim in faith than to drown in fear. Our faith can weather us through any storm.