The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
Fear seeps through the fissures in our well guarded life and has a way spreading its toxic presence through our days. From the most self-assured to the most timid – fear is often allowed to have a place in our life. Fear seeks us. Fear uses us for food. Fear destroys faith.
Whether you fear failure, loss, death, uncertainty, success, spiders, or the unknown, you aren’t alone. Fear is the driving force behind most if not all of our decisions.
If we truly believe that God is our light and our salvation, and He prominently rests as the stronghold of our lives, then where does fear have a place?
True, we are told to fear the Lord… but the fear He demands is one of utmost respect and honor – not the debilitating fear of loss or failure. We fear God because of His power and saturating presence in our life. So how can we leave room to be afraid of the unknown if God is ruler of all?
This is how Christians should handle fear:
Remember these things:
- There is nothing more powerful than God.
- There is nothing moreimportant than our relationship with Christ.
- Our only true fear should be one of reverence.
- The only fear we should allow into our lives – is the fear of not committing our every breath to God.
God made the first move toward us. He demonstrated how much he loves us by sending His son to save us from even the smallest fear. God erases fear – allow him to erase your fear today… regardless of how long it’s been there.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Write down the one fear that holds you back. Search that fear in God’s word.
PRAY: God, why do I fear things that are temporary? Why do I constantly keep one eye on my biggest fear? I want to see You and only You. Remind me to keep focused on You today by quieting the things I fear. Amen.