For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, of love, and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)
“But God!!!! I’m scared!”
How many times I have said or thought these words. Whether it be over health issues, family problems, or the things I see happening in our world – these words seem to simply flood my mind at times.
Then I have to stop and think. Where are these fears coming from? Usually from not knowing the outcome of the events that are facing me. I think of Abraham and how he left all he knew – traveling into the unknown. He may have felt timid and afraid, but he trusted in the power and the love of God.
I believe, that as the verse says, it takes self-discipline to trust in the power and love of God, knowing that our fears do not come from Him. He has given us the tools with which to defeat those fears: His power and His love. He tells us what it will take to use them. Self-discipline. And that, too – will come from Him.
How easy it is to stay mired in those fears. I don’t want to down play how devastating they can be. But, Beloved, we do not have to live in fear. That is not what God has provided for us.
Do you remember the song from “The King and I?”: “Whenever I feel afraid, I whistle a happy tune, and no one ever knows I’m afraid.” While somewhat comforting words, God has given us more than that! With God, we can face our fears with a different song, such as the one Michael Smith sings: “More love, more power, more of You in my life.” (You can find the song on YouTube.com)
When the fears descend, try those words.
“More of You in my life.”
Father God, I pray that we will look to Your power and love to bring us closer and closer to You and further and further away from our fears, knowing those fears do not come from You. I pray we can rest safely in your love and power today. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain and chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her multiple challenges (Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest prayer that some of her words might be encouraging to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. deni can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her webpage is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com/Encouragement