The Fear Antidote
Have you ever driven down the highway and noticed the "check engine" light? Even if there was no strange engine noise or visible smoke, you knew the warning light meant something was wrong -- and most likely you promptly took the car to a mechanic. Why? Because you knew that the warning light was connected to the engine. Although you could not see the problem, you saw the warning message.
A similar connection occurs between fear and faith. We may think that our life is running fine, but then the red light of fear begins flashing. That fear signals that it is time to check our engines of faith. Most fears are based on the what-ifs we generate in our minds that are often rooted in our lack of trust in God.
Jesus warned against worrying over these questions: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more than clothes? . . . Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:25, 34).
Many people try to escape their fears through alcohol or medication or busyness. These are temporary at best and only compound the problem. The source of the fear remains. The antidote to fear is in the promises of God. If we do not learn how to master our fears, our fears will master us. In order to conquer our fears, we must do two things: pray our fears out while praying faith in, and pray for God's power in our lives.
Prayer: Father, help me to master my fears as I claim Your promises in faith. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness" (Psalm 150:2).