What are you afraid of? What keeps you up at night?
I normally don't have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. I've missed a lot of TV shows, movies and even conversations with my wife because within 5 minutes of my head hitting the pillow, I'm usually out. But there are those moments. Those times when I just can't shut it down. And in those moments, I recognize the fear in my heart and mind.
We're in a men's bible study series called Goliath Must Fall, by Louie Giglio. The conversation yesterday centered on Fear. He shared that our fear comes from a few different places. Some people live in fear because it's how they were conditioned. Many years of growing up in fearful circumstances nurtures a spirit of fear. Others are consumed with a fear of being exposed. They worry that they'll be found out, whatever it is that's being kept secret. And others are fearful because they like to control things. And as soon as things seems out of control, the fear sets in.
So which is it? Maybe all of these? How do we combat this debilitating fear that creeps into our lives?
Faith. OK, so that sounds a bit cliche'. Hear me out. What is faith? Faith is "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1). It's belief put into action. Like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, trusting the parachute to work. It's a new perspective. The Bible says, "we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7). Faith is acknowledging that I can't possibly see the full picture. My perspective is limited. My sight is narrow. But God...He sees it all. He knows the plan. He has a purpose. Even when I can't see it, I must learn to trust in Him. He is faithful. He will not fail.
My Big God can do Big Things. So I hope you'll pray that and believe that. I'm praying right now that God is up to something that I just can't see. And I'm holding on to this...
"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us." (Ephesians 3:20).
OK God, it's Your time to show-off. And while I'm waiting, help me trust in You and live without fear.