By Kristen Entwistle
We’re all afraid of something.
The dark. Water. Falling. Public speaking. Looking like a fool. Spiders.
Disappointing our friends or family. Fear of what others will think. Fear of loss. Fear of failure.
Fear can be a powerful motivator – one that keeps us trapped in awful situations with no escape. One that keeps us from doing something outside our comfort zone.
Fear can keep us from living life to the fullest.
Fear can keep us from following the will of God.
Fear is a natural human emotion. “Do not fear” or “Do not be afraid” appear not once, not twice, but 365 times in Scripture. It’s something that we need to hear, apparently. And we need to hear it a lot.
It’s scary to step out of your comfort zone. It’s scary to move away from everything you know for school or a job. It’s terrifying to be the only one who will stand up for Who they believe in. Stepping out in faith usually starts with fear.
Fear can enslave us, keep us from ever moving forward. Fear can paralyze us, keeping us from spreading God’s love and Truth. Fear can root itself in our lives and keep us trapped in abusive relationships, dead end jobs, and bad situations.
But faith is bigger than fear.
Our God is bigger than any fear that stands in our way. Our God is stronger than any wave that threatens to knock us down.
Abram was certainly afraid when God called him to leave everything he knew and pick up and move. Noah was certainly afraid when God told him to build a boat. Moses was afraid when God called him to deliver the Israelites from Egypt. The prophets feared for their lives as they spread the words of the Lord. Mary was afraid when the angel told her that she would give birth to the Christ. Paul was certainly afraid on many occasions during his ministry. John must have been terrified when he received the vision of Revelation.
If these men and women could place their faith in God, a God many of them had never seen, how much more should we, who have seen death defeated by Christ, the curtain torn in two, and Christ raised, put our faith in Him?
He has called us His children, His people, His chosen, His beloved. He has called us to be free. We are no longer slaves to fear. It doesn’t rule our lives. It doesn’t trap us, consume us, or dictate our actions. If we place our faith in the One who has conquered death, we have no reason to fear. He will not let us fall. He will not fail us.
Fear will always be a part of our lives. But we are not slave to it anymore. Praise God.