Fear

In Matthew 10:31 Jesus says, “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

We are valuable in His sight. To be valuable is to be considered of great worth.

Jesus tells us not to fear persecution or trial or mistreatment. Instead, Jesus instructs us to “fear Him who is able ┬áto destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28) We are not to fear God as we fear death, heights, or failure. No, our fear of the Lord is to be based in reverential awe of Who He is and what He has done. He is the Creator of the universe and more, the Sustainer of our soul and salvation. He is before all, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)

We should live in a fearful respect and amazement of God, but we should never live in fear of the things of this world.

In one of my favorite books, there is a creature designed to take the shape of what one fears the most. The point of the class exercise the characters were experiencing was to learn to confront their fear and conquer it.

Some people were afraid of spiders and snakes. Others were afraid of someone who treated them cruelly or even fear itself. Whatever their greatest fear was, they had to be brave enough to stand in the face of something that normally would make them crumple.

Brothers and sisters, I believe God is speaking to us and telling us to stop living in fear. Yes, we should have a healthy amount of fear so as to keep us from doing unsafe or ridiculous things. However, we should never allow fear to dictate our daily walk with the Lord. When we begin to focus on our fear, we can no longer see the might of the Father. Our perspective becomes distorted and the lens of His goodness hazy.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I know personally I am experiencing a season of uncertainty. So often I want to give into fear and try to figure everything out in my own strength, to feel as though I have some amount of control over circumstances. Instead, the Lord patiently and lovingly reminds me that every season is important for our growth and spiritual maturity. If we constantly were living in a state of contentment and mountain-top experience, we would become self-reliant. But God, if we let Him, wants to teach us in the seasons where fear seems the only logical option, that in fact He is the answer we’re looking for.

We won’t find peace in a job. We won’t find peace in a spouse or in a new relationship. We won’t find peace in success or finances. The only place we can ever be satisfied is in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to turn your face from fear and doubt and onto His strength. What is impossible for man is possible with God. (Luke 18:27)

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