He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Genesis 3:10 NIV
Fear, apart from the holy fear of God, entered the world at the fall of man. Prior to the sin of Adam and Eve they had no fear. They didn’t fear for their safety. The didn’t fear how they would provide for their family. They didn’t fear the ills of health. Cancer wasn’t a fear.
They trusted God because of their deep, intimate relationship with their creator. After sin entered the world, sin came. Destruction arrived. Chaos. Disappointment. Uncertainty. As a result, fear was ushered in also.
The fact that you are afraid, therefore, should be no surprise. If you are facing something unknown, or something you know is bigger than you, you can expect fear. It’s a very natural human reaction.
So, think for a moment… of what are you afraid?
That’s okay to admit….really…it’s even understandable. We live in a scary, mixed up world and fear is the result of the times in which we live.
I want to encourage you, however, to live counter-cultural. (That’s the way believers are to live anyway.)
Be brave! Stand strong!
First, admit you are scared! It may be the necessary step to finding the faith you need to be obedient to God’s call on your life.
Then surrender. Quit. Give up. Tell God you’re done trying. You’re finished hiding in your fears. Your public confession today is fear. Real, honest fear.
Then trust again. Renew your faith. Take a fresh and deep breath in the reality that God is on His throne. He hasn’t moved. He’s in control. And you can trust Him.
For today, live fearless. Not in your strength. If you’re like me you stink at that consistently. Live fearless in the reality that He is God. And everything is going according to His will.
For bonus points and encouragement, read Psalm 121.
Be honest, what’s your biggest fear these days?