Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fear

There are some pretty big things going on in our family right now. It could mean a lot of changes for everyone. These changes would be good, but difficult in a lot of ways. All of this has me thinking about fear. During these moments it's easy to be afraid of the next move, or the next decision. It's also easy to be paralyzed by that fear and not do anything for fear of making the wrong decision.

The amazing part is that we don't have to be afraid. Mike and I are not afraid of what's ahead. We know what God wants us to do. We also know that we need to be on our knees praying daily, by the hour, by the minute for sensitivity to His will. We need to be willing to make the tough decision to move forward with something and not be afraid of the future. Our future, our family's future is in God's hands. We just need to trust Him and be faithful to what He has called us to do.

So many times I sit down and think about what God wants us to do. It's so easy to get caught up in what we want that we stop listening to His still, small voice. That is why my morning quiet time is so important. As a Christian we need to pray and study God's word. We need to be in it daily so we will be prepared when things come up.

Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires."

I believe and know that God's word is true, alive and 100% accurate. God shows himself to me in amazing ways through his scripture. For instance, when I am struggling with something, I know I can begin a study in the Bible and find the answers or solution to whatever I am facing. God provided the answers for us, we just need to seek them out.

So, when it comes to fear I wholly believe that we need to put our faith and trust in God. We don't need to be afraid. He already has a plan for our lives. We need to have faith and take the next step.

Psalm 112

1 Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered
forever. They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink
away, their hopes thwarted.



When fear is used in these verses the meaning is respect, reverence, adoration. Not fear as in being afraid of something. I take great comfort in those verses. Especially verse 7. We do not need to fear bad news, God will take care of us!

Psalm 56: 3 & 4 "But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?"

I cling to these verses on a daily basis. They remind me that nothing will happen to me that is outside of God's will. That doesn't mean life will be perfect. It doesn't mean we will have it easy. In fact, we may have it very difficult, but He never promised an easy life.

I'm not on this earth to please myself, live an easy life, earn lots of money, or have lots of stuff. I do not live my life to receive praise from people. Although it is nice, it's not what I live for. I only live to bring honor and glory to my heavenly Father. To please Him in all that I do and say and to do what He has called me to do.

Mike and I are not afraid of what is to come. We are prepared and just need to keep doing our part until this is finished or God leads us in a different direction.

These are just some things God was putting on my heart write about.