The Fear Foe
“It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.” —Helen Keller
I was listening to Neal Anderson recently. He gave a fabulous example of what fear is really all about—the kind of fear that robs us of faith:
“In order for fear to happen, there needs to be something that we’re afraid of that is both present and potent.”
Present. It has to be here, now.
Potent. It has to be a strong threat to something important.
Fear causes us to shrink our faith back into philosophy. It’s the primary reason we choose to not trust God:
- We’re afraid of what God might ask us to do.
- We’re afraid of actually doing it.
- We’re afraid of what people might think if we do it.
- We’re afraid of letting go of the things that we know we’re going to have to let go to do it…
…we’re just afraid, so we choose not to trust Him fully.
Listen to this: The Omnipotent One, the Omnipresent One, the Omniscient One… The Omni-Everything One says, “What are you afraid of? I’m more potent than anything that’s come in front of you, and I am always present in you and around you. Besides that, I know about everything and I love you more than you can imagine or understand. TRUST IN ME!”
Lord, my heart’s desire as an individual, as a saint, as a child of God is to walk in moment by moment dependence as You live Your life through me. Jesus, enable me to do just that—enable me to trust You. Even faith is a gift from You, Jesus. Please give me that gift too! So I offer myself to You that I might experience Life in who I really am in union with Christ, the Son of God, and the King of Kings. I pray these things in Jesus’ precious name. Amen!