People are afraid right now. It’s a fact. They justify their fears by saying “this or that could happen” and “the future is unknown”. By that logic we would always be afraid and unfortunately, that’s true for a lot of people. On the inside, we know we’re not supposed to feel this way. We innately know that on a daily basis, our life should be set up to live without constant fear. That’s why we go to work, earn a living, put a roof over our head, clothes on our back, support our children, etc… We’re naturally driven to seek out a sense of peace and security. One could argue that when we are fearful we are in a sense broken, or in a broken situation. So, how can we fix it?
Simple. We need to read the human instruction manual. Just like a car or a radio, people were designed and created. God, our creator, has charged us to live without fear in the instruction manual. Philippians 4:6 says this very clearly, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be known to God”. Be anxious for NOTHING. This means fear has no place in our lives. NO FEAR, is not an athlete’s credo or a cool t-shirt, it’s actually a God given, biblical, way of life! It goes on to say that by following this instruction, we will experience the peace of God which passes all understanding. Who doesn’t want that?
Let’s look at the alternative. It takes a lot of energy to be afraid. It’s been proven that worry can make you physically sick. The manipulation, figuring, contemplating, worrying and whatever else you do in an attempt to create an ideal outcome, is all for naught. Especially in situations where you have absolutely no control. Some of this comes down to not taking yourself and certain situations so seriously. But ultimately, you are fighting a spiritual force, as opposed to freely giving your concerns to God. Do you know that 80% of the things we’re so worried about never come to pass? Besides all that, worrying wastes time that could have been spent building something positive or having fun. Give it to God and let go! It’s very liberating.
Some final thoughts.
If you think this is crazy and you don’t believe in God or the Bible, but you find yourself worrying a lot, then you sort of make my point for me, right?
If you believe in God and you find yourself worrying a lot, ask yourself if you are truly living the way God intended.
What would you be able to accomplish if you trusted God and removed fear from the equation?