Next week, I’m teaching on Fear.
I’ve never thought of myself of one who struggles with fear. Until lately.
Fear of the unknown. Fear that my husband will be taken from me and I will be left alone. Fear for the safety of my children. Fear of what life will be like with this new baby. Fear that my kids will grow up and not love the Lord.
Many people, in fact probably most people, struggle with some degree of fear or anxiety. At our retreat a few weeks ago, 90 women showed up to a workshop on anxiety.
Fear is a very real struggle for many.
God knew this would happen. He knew we would live in a lost and broken world where fear would drive people either to Him or away from Him. Fear is what our adversary uses to instill doubt, hopelessness, recklessness in our lives and to rob us of our joy.
But God… in the face of fear, God does not shame us. Rather, He promises:
He. Is. With. Us.
That probably explains why there are at least 216 mentions of the phrase “fear not” in the Bible. From the old to the new, God reminds us throughout the Story that we should not fear. And yet we do. So we run. We can run away or to the One who is with us.
I have a child who struggles with fear and in his child-likeness he is prone to either run to me or run away from a situation that causes fear. It is my responsibility to show him how to run to Jesus but the Holy Spirit is the One who will actually quicken his feet. I pray that it would be so.
Do you struggle with fear?
How do you deal with it?
Do you tend to run to or away from Jesus?
“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
~ Isaiah 41:10