Fear Not

These days I don’t often find myself in a truly fearful state.  I feel uncertain, or awkward, or lonely sometimes.  But rarely do I feel that deep, physical sense of fear where I have no idea what to do and, worse yet, I fear that I could somehow be in danger.  I realized recently, when I was having a rare moment of true fear about how to handle a situation, that I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I knew what I needed to think.  I recalled a song that we have sung at church since I was a kid.  Part of the lyrics say,”Fear not, for I am with you…when you walk through the fire, I will be there, and through the flames…you’ll not be burned!”

The situation that was bringing me fear didn’t pose any real threat to my immediate safety.  But I felt very exposed and vulnerable.  Even though I felt completely out of control, and wondered what the right decision was, I had the knowledge that I would not perish.  Even in truly dangerous, life threatening situations, what matters the most is never truly in danger if our faith is in Christ, and not ourselves.

I see now that having those words in my heart gave me the courage to face something that I feared.  It got me through the flames.  Nothing has really changed – the situation remains the same.  Bufearnott I’ve been suited with an armor against fear that helps me come through those experiences with my heart in tact.

What do you turn to in times of fear? I think it’s so important for us to know who we are, what we believe, and to confidently claim it when we are truly afraid.  For me, spending time with God and renewing in my heart what I know to be true gives me the words I need when my mind doesn’t have the answer.  You can start with just a few minutes a day by signing up for the God Story series – you’ll certainly benefit from the time spent!




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