Sometimes I'll be going along in my day, feeling pretty good, normal, life is good. Then, without warning, a thought will present itself. Maybe it's a memory of something I did wrong in the past; maybe a memory of something someone else did that hurt me or might do to me; maybe it was a thought about some horrible future event I hope never happens; maybe it's concerning an issue I'm dealing with currently. The thought comes, I focus on it for a moment - just long enough to cause my heart to tremble - then my thoughts move on. Though my thoughts have moved on, my heart remains in a tremble. Sometimes I even forget what it was that caused me to feel so anxious, but the anxiety remains and can plague my day.
Do you ever feel like this?
This is the nature of fear. This is how the enemy attacks us and surreptitiously steals our joy, our peace and the abundant life to which God has called us.
When this happens, I found that I must stop what I'm doing and remember what it was that caused me to be anxious. Why does that cause me to fear so dreadfully? Then, I must take that thought to the Lord - and force my mind to remember His promises to me. I must take my thoughts captive and make them obedient to the Truth of God's Word. I must remember that "If God is for me, then what can stand against me?" I must remember that God has great plans for my children, great plans for my life, for my family. Plans that are good. His plans don't include shame. His plans include a radiance for our lives that will shine with the joy and peace and promise of God. He will work out everything for good...everything that seems overwhelming and even hopeless has a purpose in God's Kingdom and will turn out for good - a greater good than any of our plans could ever have created. It's always been so, why would it be any different for this fearful scenario or thought I just had?
The Lord will fulfill His purposes for me. He is able to keep me and my family from falling and to present us before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy ( Psalm 138:8, Jude 1:24).
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:4-5
The Lord does not want us to live under the fear of the past, the future or the present. His desire is that we live free from fear and anxiety, resting in the precious peace, joy and the faith that He provides for us. This is what He died to give us. Let us not forfeit our inheritance: The peace which was purchased for us on the cross.
Let us seek the Lord for deliverance from all our fears. If we ask anything according to His will, we know that He hears us and answers us according to His will. It is not His will that we live in fear, for he commands us not to fear. As we look to Him, He will make us radiant - shining the Light of Jesus in the darkness. We need not fear for we will not live in shame - but in the confidence that God has given us as children of the Most High God.
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
May your summer be free from fear, filled with radiance and joy.