Fear is…

…a failure to trust God. There are two fears that paralyze disciples. One is a fear of the future and the other is a fear of people. In this post, I want to talk about fear regarding the future. Another word for such fear is worry. I must confess that I used to be a chronic worrier. If I wasn’t worrying, I worried that I had forgotten something. Why are worry and fear wrong?

Fear believes that God either is not good or is not in control. Faith is the cure to fear and worry. Even when the worse is happening, we need not fear, but rather we need to have faith. Peter wrote in his first epistle, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious that gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7) Dealing with tough circumstances with faith instead of worry or fear is an act of worship that results in Jesus being glorified. When we look past the circumstance to see God’s loving hand shaping our lives to be more like Christ or bringing a greater good for more people, we glorify our Lord.

So no matter what we face or will face, we must choose faith over fear.

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