If God is for us, who can be against us?… (Romans 8:31)
I have a problem.
I have lived most of my life in fear. I fear what people could to do me. I overplay what “could” happen in my mind, keeping me stuck in a place of worry, instead of courageously stepping forward in faith. I often find myself cowering in the corner of fear.
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life” (Matthew 6:25)
Whenever we cower in fear, we say to God, “I do not trust you.” We have exchanged his sovereignty with our need to be in control. This will never go well for us. We’ll be manipulated by our own fear, doubt, and discouragement. We’ll never enter into the spacious land of God’s promise because we do not believe God can deliver us into it.
More often than not, I am a coward. Yet, that is not who I am in Christ. As Christians, biblical wisdom teaches us to flee from worry and embrace our confidence in God’s sovereignty. As we do this, we release the fear of man to the trusting hands of a loving Father. It is His goodness we can trust. It is His hand that we can now receive from.
“The fear of man lays a snare, but those who trust in the Lord are safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)
Lord, I have been a cowering, fearful woman, but I know, that is not who I am in you. I can be confident because you say, “You are the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Father, I want to receive everything you have for me. Whenever fear sneaks in to keep me from your promise I want to stand on your truth. I want to proclaim the promises of your word in my heart and mind. I want to believe that you can work even though the people I fear the most to accomplish your purposes for me. Father, I submit my fears and I give you praise. You are the eternal God, trustworthy and true, in Jesus name, Amen.