Fear prevents us from experiencing the best that God has for us. We must trust that God is in control and is leading us to the right path. Don’t be afraid.
I never thought I could give birth naturally, and if I hadn’t stepped out in faith, I would never have known that I could give birth naturally. But with God, everything is possible to the one who believes (Mark 9:23).
Have you ever been so afraid that you wouldn’t be able to get through a situation? That was me midway through giving birth. 12 hours had passed and I was still contracting, yet not in the final stage of labor. I was exhausted, and the contractions were coming every 5 minutes. I started to question whether I could make it through the final stage of labor with no medication. In the moment of fear, my midwife reminded me of 1 John 4:4, “…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
I was reminded that I can go through this and it will not break me because Jesus is with me. Jesus who is in me is greater than any evil principality in this world — I need not fear.
Fear tells us we can’t, but faith tells us we can with God.
Will you trust that God is with you and will help you to overcome your fears?
We all have fears, but we must not allow our fears to paralyze us from doing what God is calling us to do. Fear never comes from God. The enemy uses fear to prevent us from seeing God’s mighty hand move upon our lives. We see in the Bible that the Israelites missed out on their promise land because they were afraid they couldn’t defeat the giants in the land that God promised He would give them (Numbers 13-14).
Whatever doubt or fear you are facing, know that Jesus is greater. We don’t ever have to question whether Jesus is for us. He is good and has good plans for us as His children.
In Mark 4, the disciples were in a boat going through a storm. Though Jesus was with them, the disciples still feared their lives because of how great the storm was. The disciples woke up Jesus saying, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38). Jesus then got up and rebuked the wind and calmed the waves. He told the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
Jesus confronted his disciples for questioning his care towards them and his ability to do all things. The disciples realized at that moment that even the wind and waves obey Jesus. They went from doubting Jesus to trusting Jesus.
Nothing is too great for God. Instead of crying out to Jesus in fear, let us cry out to Him in faith. We can face every challenge and storm knowing that God is able to get us through safely. The world can only give us peace when circumstances are good, but Jesus gives us peace even in the midst of our storms.
Jesus says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
In the midst of fear, let us remind our hearts to look to Jesus and not our circumstances. No matter what storms we may face, we have a mighty God who is with us and for us. Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).
Have we realized that the God who is for us is in control, that even the wind and waves obey Him?
When God’s ways don’t make sense, trust Him because He always leads us to the right paths (Psalm 23:3).
The places God calls us to can seem scary, but God knows exactly where we need to be. Trust where He is leading you. God calls us to places outside of our comfort zone to show us that He is God and anything is possible for Him. Everything He does and calls us to is meant to glorify Him. Don’t miss the best God has for you by refusing to follow where He leads. Keep going, keep trusting.
He is our Shepherd who cares about us and knows what is best for us. There is no need to question God’s ways.
Matthew 28:20 is such a comforting reminder that Jesus promises to 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒃𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒖𝒔 now and for eternity. There is never a moment in life where we have to fear the unknown. As long as Jesus is with us, we are in good hands.
Neither death nor any bad circumstance can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). Invite Jesus to make Himself more real to you. We serve a God who longs to reveal Himself to those who are hungry for Him. As you spend time with Jesus and encounter Him, His peace will rule in your heart. Let your faith be rooted in Jesus. He has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).
The biggest breakthroughs tend to come from the biggest steps of faith we take. So remember, don’t be afraid.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for being in control of the wind and waves in my life. Help me to calm my fears and move forward in faith.