| by Mary Edwards
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
From the beginning to the very end of the Bible, in seemingly small trials and large, invincible crises, God tells his people, “Don’t be afraid.” In fact, throughout the Bible God instructs us to have no fear. It is no coincidence that in the Bible, “do not fear”, “fear not”, “don’t be afraid”, and “be not afraid” appear over 300 times. Is this even possible? Do we as human beings have the ability to live life unafraid?
Fear is so very powerful. It can override logical thinking and birth irrational behavior in us. Fear can cause us to not see the truth and reality but become overwhelmed by the thought of failure or of what could happen. We can become so fearful that we allow our fears to rule our actions. They grow so exponentially that they distract us. We see this happen to Peter. He became distracted when he focused on the waves and took his eyes from Jesus – the truth. From this, I learn that when I focus on the waves, overwhelming feelings of fear and doubt can rob me of doing the impossible. But, when I look above the waves, the crowds and the impossible circumstances and I see Jesus…I can walk on water. Even when I stumble and do not complete the course set before me as successfully as I would have liked, I still am able to walk on water arm in arm with Jesus. I still win!
I've been thinking about fear a lot lately because I feel it. But here is what I know. God is better at controlling the future than I am. Therefore, I can trust Him to control my future. I make a lot of mistakes. God never makes any. I sometimes make wrong decisions. God never does. He is omnipotent, the most powerful being in the universe. And He is omniscient. He knows everything. He will either equip us for the task before us or He will step in and miraculously help us accomplish it.
I recently saw a quote that spoke volumes to me.
“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”
If God has brought me this far, He is not leaving me now! Our own understanding may lead us to be fearful and overestimate the object of our fears. When we overestimate our fear, we underestimate God’s power. Remember, things are not always what they seem. King Kong was only 18-24 inches tall. Could it be the very things we fear are not really as bad as they seem?
We have to return to the truth. The truth is what we know. No matter what, we know God is with us. He is the one who calls us to greater things. So we can agree with Psalm 56:3, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in [God].” That is key. We overcome our fears by trusting and believing God. He will never let us go. We are safe in His hands. We can trust in that. This is what we know for sure. And with that knowledge we can have…NO FEAR!!