“God,” I prayed pleadingly. “Please do this. If You don’t, his faith will be shattered.”
Ever prayed something similar, maybe for yourself? We ask God to do something, big or small, and then hope He doesn’t answer “no.” Because if He does say no, we just know our faith will crumble.
Is that the truth?
Somewhere, deep down, we know God cares about us. We’ve heard the stories others tell us, and we know He answers prayers. But a part of us is afraid to ask because we fear disappointment, disillusionment, or discrediting our God.
Did you catch the key word in that last statement? Afraid.
Fear. The juxtaposition of all God is. Paul reminded Timothy that fear is not from God:
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
– 2 Tim. 1:7
Consider this. In Scripture God says, “Do not fear,” “Fear not,” “Do not be afraid,” or “Do not be frightened.” When He says this, He isn’t making a suggestion that could potentially benefit us. He isn’t offering us advice. He isn’t encouraging us to cling to a feel-good message.
He is commanding His people not to fear.
And if He commands us not to, and we do it anyway… that’s disobedience.
Disobedience is a nicer way of saying “sin.”
It’s not something to coddle or deal with “later.” Our fear is an offense against the Most Holy God. Fear communicates a lack of trust in His sovereignty, a lack of faith in His provision, a lack of belief in His timing. Fear says, “God, You aren’t doing this right.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
– Josh. 1:9
Here we see fear and courage stand opposed. If we give way to fear (which we determined earlier is sin), we cannot obey the command to “be strong and courageous.” Fear and courage cannot coexist.
Yet this is what we are called to do. This is how we honor God. Not trusting in our own strength but being strengthened by Him. Knowing and believing He can and will do that which will bring Himself the most glory.
Are you living in fear or courageous faith?
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