Pastor's Wife, Mom, Writer & Imperfect Seeker of Jesus
August 3, 2016
I don’t know about you, but I get tired of cowering at the feet of fear. All too often I put off having an important, but maybe uncomfortable, conversation or doing some activity that I know I should do for no other good reason than that I’m simply afraid.
The funny thing is that I don’t even realize that it is FEAR that I’m allowing to keep me from action.
Instead, I call it:
I’m too busy.
There are more important things that need to be done.
The right opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet.
I don’t really have that ability.
Someone else can do it.
Get the picture?
And this happens FAR too often than I care to admit. Sometimes it even happens without me knowing it.
For instance, I absolutely LOVE writing! I could write for hours and be a happy little lamb. But for some reason, when I start thinking that I really should write another blog post, then suddenly all of the kitchen drawers need to be reorganized or the house will fall apart if they are not.
So far, over the past few months I have moved all of the furniture in my office, sorted through the filing cabinets and desk drawers, cleaned the bathroom drains (yes, I know many think that’s weird), moved hundreds of canning jars from one side of the utility room to the other, cleaned the refrigerator multiple times and am now gutting and reorganizing the garage. Wow-I have a serious problem!
It’s FEAR! And half the time I couldn’t even tell you what I’m actually afraid of. But I do recognize fear when I allow myself to.
The garage deal got me thinking that maybe it was time to dive into Scripture about this issue. So, let me show you one really cool discovery I made.
Here are just a few of the people in God’s Word who were DIRECTLY TOLD to not be afraid:
Abraham (Genesis 15:1)
Moses (Numbers 21:34)
Joshua (Joshua 1:9)
Daniel (Daniel 10:12)
Zechariah (Luke 1:13)
Mary (Luke 1:30)
Joseph (Matthew 1:20)
Shepherds (Luke 2:10)
Peter (Luke 5:10)
Women at the tomb (Matthew 28:5)
Paul (Acts 18:9)
That’s a pretty powerful list of Who’s Who in the Bible. If you aren’t familiar with them, I encourage you to look them up. And several of these people had to be told more than once to not be afraid.
Here’s what I noticed from this list—It’s not the fact that these people WERE afraid at some point. It’s how they RESPONDED to their fear. Instead of heading to the kitchen to clean out drawers, they moved forward IN SPITE OF THE FEAR, and each one was amazingly blessed to either witness or be a part of God’s mighty hand moving in this world.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment.” (2 Timothy 1:7 HCSB)
So what are you NOT doing or saying today because of fear? Where does fear have you cowering? Name it. Claim it. Crush it.
Because there is one more name to add to the list above:
YOU (Isaiah 41:10) “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” (HCSB)