FAITH VS FEAR

FAITH VS FEAR

FAITH VS FEAR

Fear is something that every one of us is familiar with. I have seldom met someone who has not experienced fear at one point or stage of his or her life.

The very thought of change, a challenge, loss, evolvement, pain, or suffering causes us to feel uneasy and overwhelmed with this feeling of fear. Why do we feel or sense fear? I think it usually appears when we are on the edge of an unfamiliar occurrence, of which we have not had ample time to become acquainted with.

At its core, we fear the unknown.

We can often find ourselves straddling between the two tensions of fear and faith, asking questions along the lines of “What will happen in a few years time?” “Will I have enough? “How can I keep things moving?” “When will it be my turn?” It is the uncertainty of the unrevealed and partially revealed that can sometimes cause us sleepless nights, and anxious hearts. As a wife I am not short of the many things to be anxious about!

However, the Word of God highlights two specific types of fear:

  1. Positive reverential fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7)
  2. Negative frightened fear based on our (2 Timothy 1:7)

The first type of fear is beneficial to our faith, and is encouraged as an act of wisdom, love, respect and awe towards God. The second type of fear is damaging. One that God does not give to us, and therefore must be overcome.

As human beings who have been gifted with a free will, we have been given the opportunity to make decisions and exercise a level of self-sufficiency and independence. With that being said however, we can, and do attempt to adopt not only dominance, but also supremacy and mastery over the knowing of tomorrow’s provision. We just cannot help ourselves. We have an overwhelming sense that we must know as much we can, in order to control as many variables as possible.

The true issue with fear is that it is rooted in our sinful, inadequate, futile and yet aggressive attempt to exercise lordship over our own lives. We cannot, because we are not God. There will be many gaps present in our lives, which expose our frailty to be all knowing and all wise like God. We have questions. Hard questions, legitimate heartaches, wonderings, and considerations. We wrestle with much simply because we have little knowledge of the unknown.

Or do we? As believers, the true knowledge that we possess of the unknown is the fact that God is there, and therefore provision is there. Shouldn’t this be enough? The fear of the Lord is a total acknowledgement of all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes, and when we allow our reverential fear for Him to overshadow our negative fears, we willingly let Him step into our unknown moments, and lead our hearts on by faith {word to myself!}.

Our faith in the Lord is an absolute belief that He is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, and for our good, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact.

When we grow fearful in a negative way, we are simply demonstrating that our faith is weak, or we do not have any in a particular area. Our only deliverance from fear and worry is faith. I have come to realise that faith is really is a gift, and not something that I can construct on my own. I simply must trust.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9.

We are certainly not the first group of people who will have the prospects of the unknown staring at us, and we will not be the last. Many have gone before us, who had to possess a true, living and active faith that propelled them onwards with each step. I will always be amazed by the incredible faith demonstrated by the great patriarch Abraham- who stared at nothingness, and yet lived and acted upon a spoken promise.

If we believed upon the Lord Jesus to save and redeem us back onto Himself, why do we demonstrate fear when it comes to Him actually leading us on?

We must be intentional about cultivating a faith-centered life, otherwise fear will always get the best of us. We have a wonderful responsibility of keeping our homes, educating children, standing beside godly men, teaching God’s Word, discipling young hearts, starting and stewarding businesses and ministries, and even our faith walk, and we cannot do any of that to His glory when we ourselves struggle to believe His outworking in our lives.

God has not given us a spirit of fear as 2 Timothy 1:7 teaches us. God desires to develop within us a faith that grows daily. How, in day-to-day life, can we develop a faith that conquers our fears? The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”. Romans 10:17. This means that the diligent study of the Word is significant if we want our faith to develop.

God wants us to know Him and completely rely on His direction in our lives, and everyday I remind myself that it must be through first hand hearing, reading and meditation upon the Scriptures, and intimate fellowship with Him.  Only there, in that posture of disciplined waiting before Him can I be bolstered up, and exercise faith in all of the known and unknown areas of my life.

May this be my portion, and your portion.

Praying for God’s best for you.

Alethea

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