In 2015, I really started facing my fears. I have always had such a fear of loud noises and speaking in public. Last year, I learned to shoot a gun. That was awesome! I also gave my first public speech in December. I really feel like we need to prove ourselves to God. He is always proving Himself to us. We need to trust that He will get us through, even if we don’t know how He’s going to do it.
I remember thinking as I was walking up to the podium, “God, I have no idea how this is going to work. I guess I will find out.” I didn’t know if I could get the words out. Well, I did and it was a pretty good speech. I was nervous and sweaty, but I did it! God proved to me that He was in control, even when I didn’t know how it was going to happen. I went to a new level of faith that day.
Here’s what I found when I did my research on ‘fear’ for this blog.
1 Samuel 12:24 says, “Be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.” The only fear we should have is the fear of God. That is different than being fearful. Psalm 19:9 says, ” The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.” Psalm 25:14 then tells us, “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; he makes His covenant know to them.” I believe that’s why the church is doing things that are against what the bible teaches. The church doesn’t fear God. We need the fear of God, not the fear of man! Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?”
Fear (as in to be afraid) is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by being aware of danger.
Fear of God is defined as a feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. (Reverence)
These are two very different definitions of the same word. We are not to be afraid of what’s happening on earth today because God is in control. When we an wrap our brains around the fact that God is God, the we will be able to show reverence to God and be able to fear God in the correct way. Yes, He gives and takes away, but He has only the best thoughts and plans for us. God is love, so we need to stop making Him out to be up in heaven seeking out who should die next. That’s what the devil is doing, not God. Get it right!
The only way to get past your fears is to face them. It might look impossible to you, but God will get you through, if you ask Him. That’s just how He is. He loves us even when we don’t love Him back. He doesn’t divorce us or walk out on us. He is always there and keeps pursuing us. He never gives up on us. He gives us chance after chance. How many times have we done that for someone else? Trust God. He won’t ever let you down.