Miriam Webster’s dictionary defines it as the “concern about what may happen: worry.” I might describe fear as the emotion who’s agenda consists of attempting to consume. Fear destroys the somber peace I innately crave, and wastes no time attempting to steal the joy I know was created for me by my Maker. Fear is a thief of the calm that replaces our quiet complacency with wind-swept waves.
When we look into the face of fear the hours seem eternal; the days ahead nearly impossible to accomplish with their daunting tasks as they overflow with “what if” questions. The night so easily seems to overtake the day; the uncertainty we face seems unbearable for any human to handle alone.
What do we do when life throws the curve ball? As the moments that we thought “were never going to be me..” become the very moments that will define who we are to become.
How do I navigate that storm that is looming ahead? What can I possibly do as a broken soul wrapped in sinful flesh as the darkness of the clouds rolls overhead? Do I listen for that Still Small Voice when I feel the chaos in my mind echoing like thunder reverberating in my ears? Why do the tears burn my skin as they roll like waves crashing over my pain? Have you ever felt this way?
The truth is simple. Fear is a liar. Fear is a disease that is undiagnosed. A sickness that no one escapes. The tool in the shed that the Evil One wrenches into the fiber of every person ever born. Much like sin, fear is innate. But don’t be fooled, my friends. Remember this: Fear is not in the business of winning. We all have moments that hurt us, that scare us, that send us into fight or flight and panic mode. But at the end of the day…fear will not win that big trophy in the glass case in the hallway that everyone will walk by for an eternity and admire. Fear can be cultivated. It can be groomed and given a cot to sleep on. Fear is looking for a place to crash, and if you give him a room? He’ll take the whole house.
So how do we kick him out? How do we look into the face of worry and doubt and anxiety and give them a “no vacancy” sign? What can be done to exterminate this rodent that seeks to destroy the peace God so greatly desires for us?
We prepare for the battle. We suit ourselves with the armor that has been laid out for us. And then? We go to war; we pray.
Pray for strength to face the unknown clouds rolling in overhead. Pray for the stillness to hear the Voice of the Beloved in the midst of chaos as He calls you by your name. Pray for the faith to step out onto the raging waters knowing He will walk beside you. Pray as the tears consume you and raise your palms to the throne as you praise the One who will walk through this storm with you, and Who will be waiting on the other side with arms stretched open wide.
And as you face fear head on, dear one, make no mistake; The same God who is on the other side of this unknown and terrifying storm? Is the same God, who will one day not long from now, question the voice of Fear as He defeats him forever.
Fear doesn’t get the final say, my friends. But our God does.
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19
credit: “Fear is a Liar” Zach Williams, 2018 (Chainbreaker)