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Fear is real and unrelenting. It comes by way of a tragic attack as we saw in Las Vegas on Sunday night, or the fear of losing our homes and loved ones in a hurricane. When you feel like you’ve conquered “Fear A,” the inner calm is soon replaced by inner chaos from “Fear B.” While anxiety visits us all, it is a permanent houseguest for some. The question is not “Will anxiety come?” The question is “What will I do with the fear when it arrives?”
There’s never a lack of things to fear in an ever changing and uncertain world.
In Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses told Joshua, “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Up to this point, the journey into the Promised Land had been long, slow, painful, and even downright scary at times. Danger surrounded them. Yet Moses knew his successor could handle the assignment . . . that is, if he depended on the Source of Strength.
We may not be facing the same issues that Moses and Joshua faced, but the journey is filled with struggles. A phone call could turn our world upside down. The thing we fear most could come to fruition before our eyes. Sometimes fear is physical. The enemy stands before us. Many times, fear is mental. It swirls in our minds with questions like, “what if the job goes away?” “What if the treatment doesn’t work?” “What if . . .?” When we see tragedy in our world it’s easy to get into a pattern of those “what if” scenarios and allow them to trap us in a prison of fear. Sometimes the “what ifs” turn in to “whys,” and we question God’s love and power.
So what do you do in times like these? To whom to you seek refuge and comfort? It’s easy to keep our sights on the storm.
In times of trouble, the Lord gives us what we so desperately need: comfort, protection, peace – a way through fear.
Relief comes when we take the focus off the fear and turn to the One who can take away our fear.
Our God will give us strength and courage. He will personally walk with us.
Are you willing to give your fears to God and trust that he will take care of you? The Lord is omniscient, so he knows what to do with the challenges you face. He’s omnipotent, so he is able to take care of the situation. Anxiety weighs us down and wears us out. Give it to God. He loves you so much that he doesn’t want you to stumble under the weight. He will never ever fail nor abandon you.