What makes you afraid?
Giving the times and the state of the world, I would guess a lot. But think for a moment, if you must, about what really scares you. What has hindered your life from progressing? Has anything stopped you from trying something new or taking an adventure?
Me? I have a fear of heights.
For as long as I can remember, I have always feared falling from cliff to my bloody death. But, get this. I must have the window seat on the plane. I feel a magical peace being in the air, staring out of the window and seeing that I am above the clouds. I love skydiving. That adrenaline-soaked feeling of gliding through the air makes me so happy. One day, I will take flying lessons. I love being in the air. However, the thought of driving up a mountain still terrifies me. But, I do it.
When I turned 30, I decided to stop allowing fear to hinder me from living my life. God has already told us not to fear (Isaiah 41:10). We do not fear reprisal from nonbelievers as we teach and share the gospel of Christ (2 Timothy 1:7; Matthew 10:26,28). We do not fear losing our salvation because it is guaranteed through of faith in Jesus Christ (John 5:24). And, we do not fear anything on this earth because our Father whom created it, made it for us to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
So, with total trust in God, I climb that mountain, talking to myself the whole way, singing or whatever keeps me from being tempted to look down. I keep going, eyes forward because I know once I get to the top there is something beautiful waiting.
It’s like our walk with Christ while on this earth. We cannot become distracted with things of this world, like fear. Think about it. Jesus has already conquered all of that. Trust what has already been done and what has already been promised. We must keep our eyes on the prize, face forward and look to that beautiful gift that is to come.
Now, once I get to the top of that mountain I find my reward. And that fear that I fought on my way up, is long gone and replaced with pure joy. I feel closer to my Father and nothing that happened on the way up, matters.
Psalms 34:4 for I sought the Lord and He delivered me from Fear
So, what do you fear?
Whatever it is, know that it is miniscule in the eyes of God. And if we are believers in Christ, whom or what do we have to fear?
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?