Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Have you ever felt like you were facing a challenge that would never come to a close? Have you ever felt hopeless- wondering why you were being put through such a trial? Often times it can seem like there is no end in sight. I think that we have all been there, and that can be a dark place.
Life is full of choices, both easy and difficult, and thankfully there is a solution to this. There is someone who wants to be there each step of the way. He wants to help make this decision making process easier on us. But we have to make a choice. A choice to choose FAITH over FEAR. God wants to carry those burdens for us if only we would choose faith and simply let Him.
Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
God modeled this flawlessly when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us. In doing so, He chose faith, not fear. He could have chosen fear, and not send His son as a sacrifice for all of our wickedness.
But where would that leave us today? We would never have been given the choice to accept him and spend eternity with him forever…but instead he chose faith.
It’s easy to be fearful. Quite frankly, choosing faith over fear is hard. It’s scary. It’s a huge leap of faith to simply choose not to worry about the outcome when all your flesh can do is think about the negative.
That is when choosing faith comes into action.
God doesn’t want us to live a life of fear, but a life of faith. He wants us to trust him in ALL that we do, knowing he has our best interest, even though it may not be the outcome we may want or expect.
Sometimes it’s easy to think “God doesn’t care about me, or want me to be happy…otherwise, I wouldn’t be in this situation,”.
Sometimes He takes us through situations that can be very fearful and are truly a test of our faith. He wants to see if we really trust him, or if we are just saying that we do. You can’t be walking in faith and fear at the same time. It’s one or the other, and that is a personal choice we all have to make. The devil will put thoughts into our mind to try to discourage us and make us want to lose all our faith and trust in God, but that is when we have to remember that God has never let us down.
He will not leave us on our own to deal with our problems, we simply have to allow Him to help us!
The knowledge that we have of God’s word plays a huge role in us choosing to remain faithful, not fearful. Knowing His word will help us be able to step out in faith and trust the One who wants to do what we think is impossible. Often times it’s so easy to take our eyes off of God and try to fix it ourselves, which only results in overwhelming thoughts, fear, and anxiety.
He wants to take the fear from you and turn it into faith! Simply put your trust in Him, believe in His promises, and then you can truly choose faith over fear.
To trust God in the light is nothing, but to truth him in the dark, that is faith. – C. H. Spurgeon