Although I’ve never counted them myself, I have been told that there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible; one for every day of the year. God knew fear would be a problem for us. Fear and worry are not my constant companions, as they are for some of you, but I still have my moments when fear rises up in my spirit. As Les and I faced his illness and ultimate death, I found myself dealing with so many questions and uncertainties. Some days it was hard not to allow fear to cripple me. That is when I would get on my back porch in my rocking chair, with my Bible and my journal, and just talk it out with the Lord. Would there be tears? Sometimes. But I always left that spot on my back porch with a renewed strength not my own.
This month, my Today In The Word devotional from Moody Bible Institute is on fear. I want to share a few things I’ve read so far this month. “Faith does not replace fear; it puts fear in its proper place.” “Godly people are not immune to suffering. It’s true that sometimes our worst fears come true. Faith doesn’t give us guarantees that what we fear will never happen.” “How does a Godly person handle fear? It begins with perspective. What looms largest in the horizon? Do the dangers and threats take on terrifying proportions? Or is God big? When we recognize that God is big, when we believe He is powerful and good, and when we actively trust Him, the dangers around us lose their fierceness.”
What are you facing? Do you believe God is big enough to handle it? We all face difficulties that cause us to tremble in fear. It is in learning to see from a different perspective, one where God is bigger than anything else life can throw at us, that we will find peace replacing the fear.
Lots of love, Sharon