I used to think of myself as a brave and courageous person.
Then I got pregnant.
You see, I may have a small fear of hospitals…and needles…and blood…oh and pain. Doesn’t fit so well with being pregnant does it? I’ve made it through several blood tests already, actually more in my pregnancy than I’ve had in my whole life combined (3 to be exact). But every hour brings me closer to my due date, June 13th, and I can’t help but get a little nervous for what’s ahead.
But sadly, all of these pregnancy related fears are not my only ones. Sometimes I’m afraid of conflict. Sometimes I’m afraid of speaking my mind. Sometimes I’m afraid to stand up for what is right.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (1 Tim 1:7)
Fear is not from God.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (I John 4:18)
When we are thinking and feeling and living out of a place of fear, we are not rooted and established in God – for he IS LOVE!
Yesterday I had to stand up for myself in my workplace. At first I was so afraid of offending someone or losing an opportunity or having someone angry with me. But I knew if I didn’t say anything I’d be compromising what I know to be right. So I chose to put my fears aside and trust in God’s goodness and love. No matter what the outcome, I vowed to trust him to carry me through and bring about the best result. He does promise to make all things work together for our good, afterall (Romans 8:28).
And this morning, when I went into work feeling slightly shaky, I was pleasantly surprised to find that everything was okay. The right was wronged, no one yelled or screamed and life goes on.
But why should I be surprised?
When we live out of fear of any sort – big or small – we doubt God’s goodness and love. We say He is not who he says he is.
What fears plague you today?
Fear of failure, rejection, the future?
Fear of man, sickness, financial ruin?
Gives these fears to Him. It’s not easy, but it is as simple as choosing to believe God is who he says he is.
“God is love.” (I John 4:16)