FEAR

If you belong to God then you should know that there is no power in all of creation that stands above God? Whatever you might be frightened about more than likely is afraid of God because absolutely nothing exists beyond what God allows in His creation. He always watches over those whom He calls His children. So when fear hits you, call upon your Father and ask Him to overshadow what you fear.

Fear is a human emotion. There is no human being who is fully conscious that haven’t been frightened. It is expected that you have human responses, emotions, and reactions to things that are frightening. As long as you are alive you will be subject to the traits and characteristics of being human…that is fact so accept it as so. However, how we react and respond to fear is where we can make a huge difference. Obviously if you are not in power and something or someone has power over you… it would be foolish to antagonize them enticing them to harm you. Our first responses are usually to freeze or to flee, if possible. Either way we are not in complete control over the wiles of others or over tragic event that might happen. In such case God’s will takes over so whatever God allows is within His divine will.. that is, when you belong to Him.

Yes bad things happen to good people. Such things are unavoidable, but we are to rely upon God’s role during the event. God is always looking out for His children so no matter what happens, He will use it to His higher benefit, either for you personally, or for others of whom you might serve as a witness. Tragically even death happens but if you belong to God that only means that you are homeward bound; absent the body, present with the Lord. In no way am I making light of pain and suffering, or even death, but the key point here is back where we started this conversation… if you belong to God you should know that there is no power in all of creation that stands above God. Therefore if God allows anything to happen to one of His own, there is only Glory at the end of it.

Faith is an antidote to fear. Having faith in God means that you turn over all your cares to Him and no matter what happens, you accept the outcome that He allows. It does not mean that you will like the outcome or even agree with it, but that you trust the Lord will only allow what works best according to His eternal divine plan. This brings to mind the biblical story of Daniel in the lion’s den. The complete story is found in the book of Daniel, chapter 6. I will not copy it here but it is a delightful story about faith in spite of what should otherwise be unimaginable fear. Daniel’s belief not only kept him from being eaten by the lions, but also converted an entire kingdom into worshipping “the God of Daniel.” Take the time to read this chapter and it should uplift you.

Another story of faith over fear is also in the book of Daniel, chapter 3 where three loyal servants of the Lord God, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into a blazing furnace and came out unstained because their faith overcame fear. When King Nebuchadnezzar ordered them thrown into the furnace for disobeying a decree of the king, A classic line from that passage is this:

“King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18

Again reading the full chapter will bring on the full impact of the message. Now I don’t recommend either being thrown into the lion’s den, or a blazing hot furnace because the results more than likely would not come out well, unless it is well done. Joke! That was not an option for either of the characters in both of these stories. The point is that they did not allow fear to deter them from their faith in God because they knew that no matter what the outcome, they believed in Almighty God. Their reliance was not upon what their emotions revealed, but upon what they knew and believed to be true about God.

Loyal servants of God are of strong faith and develop very strong personal relationships with the Lord. It is through that relationship that they would be instructed by the Holy Spirit first and only act upon what they were instructed from Him. His angels stand guard over the faithful.

In order to develop such strong faith it takes time spent with the Lord in prayer, supplication and meditation. Most of us do not give the Lord that much of our time or even place Him that high on our priority list. Naturally fear is only equal to the faith that we develop. Though we may never overcome fear, we can always rely upon our faith… and what we believe to be true about God. Our faith is our antidote to things that we fear!