For the past year and a half, I think we’ve all experienced a heightened sense of trepidation. It’s a daily battle to distinguish truth from falsehood and fear is a valid emotional response that needs to be acknowledged.
Psalm 34:4 has been on my mind, “He delivered me from all my fears…”
I’m realizing that, at it’s root, fear is a lie
Fear is a lie of scarcity.
Fear says there’s not enough.
God says, “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (Ps. 34:10)
Fear says, “I can’t handle it”
God says, “My grace is sufficient and I have given you everything you need for life in godliness” (2 Cor. 12:9, 2 Peter 1:3)
Fear says “I need to have it all figured out”
God says, “My burden is light; trust me and I will direct your steps” (Matt. 11:28-30, Pr. 3:5-6)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! (Ps. 34:8)
In Him is abundance.
It doesn’t mean we won’t experience hardship. Many are the afflictions of the righteous and in this world we will have trouble (Ps. 34:19, Jn. 16:33).
It’s the juxtaposition of now and not yet.
There is sweet in the bitter.
There is joy in the pain.
A letting go to grasp hold of.
As we persevere in this yearning for eternity we get glimpses of glory to come.
Let us remember: where fear whispers “what if” He says, “I am”. May we not let fear obscure our eternal perspective but may His joy be our strength to freely + courageously step into the good works He has prepared for us.