WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?


Lee sent this in the other day.  Please forgive me for not posting it sooner!  This is something we all need to investigate within ourselves, for…we all fear something!  BUT GOD…if we give our fears to Him, He will take care of us!  This is great!  Take a look… -anita

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I would posit that there’s something in the course of life of which you’re fearful. Maybe it’s financial, health-related, maybe fear of failure at your job, or in your marriage…whatever. I was thinking about that this morning as I was reading in one of my devotionals.

When I was a child growing up, I was so afraid of being poor. And I guess I still am. My father never was around, literally, in fact I never ever lived with my father in his home and I barely knew him. My mom was a single parent with just a high school education. She often worked two jobs to keep a roof over our heads. I remember on at least one occasion when she had to pawn her rings to have enough money to pay the bills that month. She was in tears, of course, and that really hit me hard. I grew up knowing we were pretty poor and I resolved to do what I could to help. I started carrying newspapers when I was about 10 or 11, and worked at various jobs all through middle school and high school to help out.

These fears continue to play out in my life as an adult. I suppose that’s why I’m ardent about everyone in the house turning off lights when they leave a room. And why I stock up extra cans of food in the pantry (many extra cans I’m afraid) to help make sure we don’t go hungry. Little things like that just are part of who I am and are driven out of fear that we will be poor and will go hungry.

To put this in perspective, I’ve never been actually homeless, living on the streets (although I’ve come close a few times). The Bible talks about trusting God in countless places throughout Scripture and counsels us to not be anxious about anything [Phil 4:6 for example]. As I was reading on this topic this morning, I was driven to tears as it came to mind (I’m convinced the thought was a reassurance from God) that God has allowed me to earn adequate money as an adult and to enjoy the comfort of feeling “well taken care of.” We’re certainly not rich, as the world would define it, but my family and I are comfortable. As I pondered this, God reminded me that He knows poverty is a great fear of mine and that He has always provided for us. Even though I turned away from God for several years, I believe with all my heart that He was there looking out for me & taking care of me despite my faithlessness. All the while making sure my great fear didn’t overwhelm me and lead me into despondency.

How about you? Is there something which lurks ominously in your life, causing you to be fearful and afraid? Can you look back over the years to see ways in which that fear never was allowed to come debilitating in your life? If so, take the time to praise our great God, who cares for us and protects us in countless ways. And, if a great fear has in fact gripped you, take Paul’s advice in that passage in Philippians : “…in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests (your needs) to God.”  And what will be the outcome of that effort? Paul tells us. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” [Phil 4:7]. One thing I take away from this wonderful passage is that God won’t necessarily remove that thing which piques your fear. But He will surround you with a sense of peace that everything will be alright in the end, because He cares for you and loves you.

God give us a strong faith to always trust in You and Your provision, however that plays out. To quote President FDR: “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” We have a God bigger and stronger than anything that terrifies us in this world or this life. When all else fails, run to the shelter of His wings!

Lee Pierce

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