I do know that God goes to great lengths with new undertakings or twist on one in progress to heap encouragement on whomever He has selected for the task. Joshua is a case in point, as is Daniel.
Life can hand you people, situations or events that induce fear. April 15th, wedding day, the doctor approaches with a strained look and you think, “Oh, my God it’s the ‘C’ word.” Or you go to work one day, and your immediate supervisor, as well as the big boss, both accompanied by someone in a security uniform, summarily escorts you from the premises. Fear at this moment is an active word. What will I do? How will I find another job? Will this be the final straw in my marriage? The list goes on and some of you, my dear readers, have been there, or at least something similar.
To describe the feelings that run rampant in times of fear, the scribes of our times use little phrases in vain attempts to convey what we experience. “I felt like a horse kicked me in the stomach.” “I was having one those 3 O’clock in the morning feelings.”
Christians have been heard to say, “I wish Jesus would appear to me, and I would ask Him about this or that.” The preponderance of evidence suggests that if, in fact, He did appear, you would have a far different response. Historically, He would have to calm you down. One of His calming techniques is simply the words, “Fear Not!”
Why am I writing about fear? I have no idea, other than the Lord may be preparing me for yet another heart in my mouth event. I’ve had my share, I hope!
Whether your fear inducing moment is the result of Christ appearing to you, or a new opportunity staring you in the face due to the current job door being slammed in your face, God knows you must overcome fear, and in a calm state of mind, listen to Him as He patiently walks you through this new experience.
Dealing with the often humiliating specter of mistakes, or failure, Elbert Hubbard wrote:
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one."
Hebrews 13:6, “So we may boldly say: "The LORD [is] my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
The verse should put all the things of life into proper perspective.
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