Why is it so hard for us to trust God in our lives but so easy to tell others to have faith? Simple answer, there is no risk in others doing it. When we are at the point of stepping out on faith, we are assuming all the risk of failure, but faith in it self give us the assurance that God will take care of us. It is a scary step to take. Especially, when it is your first time trusting God. So the real answer as to why it’s easier to trust God for others is fear.
Fear controls our lives much more than you would ever think. It controls what we say, how & when we say it, where we go, what we dress like, what we eat, and even where we live. Whether is fear of being near something, being away from something, or being perceived a surtain way, fear is the single thing that has the majority of control over our lives. Don’t worry you’re not alone!
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
From the beginning of Jesus’s life all the way to the end, the people around him had to keep getting reminded not to have fear. Jesus reminded them of this so that they would not miss the wonders of God while they were consumed with fear. Fear does just that, it consumes, and when you consume something the only thing that is left is waste. We should not let God get our waste, when he can take the fear from us.
On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God:
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
Yes, we should fear God in the sense that we don’t want to be on his bad side. More so, that what we are doing might separate us from God. However, the point I want to make here is that we should direct all our fears towards God, so that he can take care of them. Not that we should be terrified of him, that’s not what he wants. He wants a relationship with you, and you can’t have a relationship with someone you are terrified of. He wants us to come to him when we are fearful or afraid. He wants to take all of that away. So as you look through the Bible and see “The Fear of God”, don’t look at it just as being afraid of God’s wrath, but look at it as God’s ownership of your fear. It’s His, give it to him. So the next time you are faced with stepping out in faith, it’s scary, but let him deal with the fear, you can’t handle it anyway!
Your Challenge This Week: Don’t face your fear
Do something that you are afraid of, but let God face it. This could be confronting a spider or just helping someone when it would be uncomfortable or awkward to do so. Take that step of faith!