Hello again, Willing Spirits!
I hope you all had a lovely week! We have reached the last week of May (finally!) and we only have God to thank. I pray it will be better than the last too.
I’m sure we’ve all heard or seen this verse before but how many times do we actually remember it in the midst of a storm? Fear is one of the biggest vices we possess and it’s so easy to do in a world full of evil and uncertainty. But as followers of Christ, the only fear we should be experiencing is the “fear of God” and even then, that fear isn’t the kind of fear we associate with being scared, it relates to respect. Therefore, any other kind of fear is foreign to the Christ follower. It does not come from God so like everything else that does not, it has to go.
Fear can be seen as the opposite of faith. Yes fear is an emotion while faith is a choice, but we can also choose to fear and we can choose to believe and have faith in God. David chose not to be afraid when he fled from Absalom, his son, and knew that many enemies were pursuing him. He said ‘…I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.’ [Psalm 3:6 NKJV]. Instead, he decided to trust in God to save him because he knew that God was his “shield”. When the disciples were scared of the storm, Jesus asked them ‘…why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?‘ The fact that Jesus stated faith right after questioning their fear suggests some form of link between the two as if they are like oil and water. So we know that both fear and faith cannot coexist within us. It’s up to us to invite one to stay.
If we do in fact choose faith, we must then understand that dwelling in God‘s presence is the most necessary thing ever. Because it is in His presence that believing becomes easier and fear easier to rid of. It is in His presence that we ‘…shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day…’ [Psalm 91:5] and more. Why? Because God is with us. And because of this, in the middle of the storm, we are able to keep our faith for we know we are not alone.
We should not fear anything but God but obviously, this is easier said than done. However, with the help of the Holy Spirit and prayer, we can rid of it altogether. Imagine how carefree and peaceful we’d feel if we did not fear anything! An enemy attack comes our way? Instant belief that God will deal with it/take control! Fear places doubt in our minds and derails us from the path God has set out for us. Like Peter on the water, fear is like taking our eyes off Jesus for a second, acknowledging the wind and the reality of what is going on and immediately beginning to sink. To avoid that, we must keep our eyes on Jesus–we must keep on believing and trusting Him.
Remember that ‘…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.’ [II Timothy 1:7] Knowing this, we can wholeheartedly put our trust in God. So if we ever feel scared, afraid, fearful, let us quickly push aside those thoughts and activate said power and sound mind to believe.
I pray that in whatever you face this week that seems daunting or terrifying that God activates peace in your heart and mind and gives you the power to trust and believe that He is in control, in Jesus‘ name. Amen.
Have a lovely week!
– A Willing Spirit x