So many things can hold us prisoner – last week I wrote about pride and perfection, this week I want to think out loud about fear. My kids have two aunts that are confined by fear. Afraid of everything. Won’t do anything because of their fear of “what if.” They are not believers, but I know believers who are crippled by fear too.For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes. Job 3.25-26
The book of Job reveals the character of a man, a man who loved and revered his God, loved his family, had wealth and worldly possessions, and a circle of friends. He was honorable and upright (Job 1.1). Today, I am not teaching a lesson on Job but he certainly can be looked upon as an example of someone who (perhaps) suffered from anxiety, and because of his own testimony in the scripture above, fear.
I believe, if honest, we are all fearful of something. But the fear becomes a huge problem when we allow it to overwhelm us.
“I’m not going on that road trip because something may happen.”
“I don’t go to the mountains because I might get car sick.”
“I am not going to call so and so because they might not want to talk to me.”
“I won’t apply for THAT job, because I know I’d never get it.”
“I’m not going to say I’m sorry because I’m afraid I’ll become too vulnerable.”
“I’m not going to surrender to God’s call on my life because I’m afraid of what may happen.”
After my first marriage I had a tremendous fear of rejection – I still battle that demon once in a while, but with the Lord’s help I have overcome it by at least 95%.
What are you afraid of?
If you could do one thing, without feeling any fear or anxiety over it, what would you do?
Let’s not be confined by fear.