Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you Deuteronomy 31:6

We can all relate to experiencing fear in one form or another. It’s a primal emotion, instinctive to our human nature, just like grief or anger. You don’t ever coach yourself, “I think I need to feel afraid.” You don’t have to plan it—fear just happens.

We fear losing people. Will my husband always love me? Will this treasured friendship last? Will my kids walk with the Lord or go their own way?

We fear losing possessions. I’m barely able to make ends meet—will I be able to keep my house? Will I have enough for groceries this week? Will I be able to help my kids pay for college?

We fear physical pain. How will I endure this chronic pain? What if I never heal?

We fear emotional pain. My friend has pulled away. My kids don’t care. My spouse is drifting away. I’m not happy with myself.

We fear failure. I could have, I should have, I would have, I didn’t, I’m not, I failed.

Fear contradicts faith. While fear says, “If this happens, I won’t be okay,” faith says, “Come what may, I’ll be okay because of God.”

Written by James MacDonald
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