Recently, I have been battling fear. I blame this mostly on my habit of reading the online news. Terrorists seem to be lurking in every corner of the earth, causing my heart to fear. Fear of my children being orphaned, fear of losing my husband and children, and the list goes on and on…I honestly have been overwhelmed some days.
Moving was a HUGE step of faith for me since I never dreamed of a life overseas. In fact, just imagining living overseas was in my mind, a nightmare! However, once we actually did move across the ocean, I was mistakenly pretty confident that I had already laid many of these fears to rest. But suddenly, just reading the newest headline caused my heart to give in to fear once again!
After sharing my recent struggles with a good friend and my wise husband, I have decided to stop reading the news for now. Instead, I have been reading my Bible more and have been offering my fears up to the Lord. Sometimes this requires me to daily offer my family up to our Father, but other days, it is an hourly surrender.
When I read through scripture, I see the Lord exhorting Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
I honestly wonder if a horrific circumstance was before ever me, could I confidently stand like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and say, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O King. But even if He does not, we want you to know O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3: 17-18)
Men in the Bible had fears, but fear did not hinder them from obeying God. Abraham feared the Egyptians, so he lied about his wife being his sister. Moses feared leading the Hebrews, so God let him take Aaron along. Esther probably had fear approaching the king, which may be why she initially sent such a hesitant reply to Mordecai. Even though these men and women feared, they did not let their fear paralyze them. Instead, they found their strength in God. Surprisingly, we can find many more examples of biblical heroes struggling with fear.
I have concluded that at the end of the day, all I can do is find the courage to give my fears to our kind Father. He has faithfully guided me my whole life and He can faithfully lead me now. Since the future is out of my control, my prayer for myself, my family, and for all of you reading, is one that Jesus prayed in Luke 22:32, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”
Whatever you may be struggling with today, I encourage you to turn to the Father, courageously be faithful to His calling, and surrender whatever you are holding on to. May we all find strength in our faithful Father this day…and every day.