Do you ever just feel afraid?
Afraid that something bad will happen? Afraid you will lose your job? Afraid to confront someone who has hurt you? Afraid to forgive? Afraid you will never be loved for who you really are? Of hearing the doctor's news? Of Loneliness? Of your past mistakes? Afraid God's grace could never be enough?
When we feel afraid (of anything), the first place we should run is into the arms of God where He waits to soothe us and hold us, telling us everything will be ok, surrender it all to me.
Isaiah 41:10 says: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Psalm 27 reminds us that the Lord is a shelter when we are afraid.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.—Psalm 27:1-3
i'm reading a book by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD and she explains that there are only two natural fears (that help keep us safe): fear of heights and fear of loud noises.
Every other fear has no ground because God has not given us a spirit of fear. The Lord protects us, so why do we fear? We fear because we fall prey to the lies of the enemy. The key to not letting the lies of the enemy fill us with fear? We must know the Truth, the Truth that is found in His Word. When we know the Truth we have nothing to fear. Stay in a spirit of prayer and close to God and fear will have a difficult time closing in on you.
Father, God, thank you for the way you protect us. Thank you for going before us so that we do not need to be afraid.