Fear. We project it in many ways. Sometimes we express it, “I’m scared to death!” Other times we panic and use substances to make us feel better – food, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or shopping. Some may take it out on others – yelling, using sarcasm, cursing, or cutting people down. There are those who give up, retreat, crouch into a corner, and pull the covers over their heads.
My question is why? Why do we allow fear to consume us, direct us, and cripple us. Could it be that we accept some things without believing them? Consider one example: could it be that a major flaw in Christianity is accepting that the Resurrection is true while not really believing in it? Before you storm my house and burn me at the stake, let me qualify what I mean. There are many things we accept but don’t believe. I might accept what our government does; it doesn’t mean I believe every part of it. I might accept what my friend does, but I may not believe in what he does. When we believe something, we buy into it. We sell out to it. We go the extra mile for it, because our inner most core BELIEVES it! If you believe in the Resurrection of Christ rather than just accepting it, your fears will be influenced.
Salvation is more than the Sinners Prayer. Some pray the Sinner’s Prayer because they accept Christ. Salvation requires that we believe in Him.
Fear questions our belief. Fear is the defining factor in whether we accept Christ or believe Him. Sometimes its hard when you are standing in the doctor’s office, and he tells you terminal cancer is knocking at your door. Acceptance questions God, “How can this be? Where are you? Why are you doing this to me?” That’s fear talking. Belief rings in our head, “I know You destroyed death. I know who YOU are and no matter what, I’m believing You will turn this for good. You will not forsake me because I believe in YOU!”
The bills are piling up. You are two months behind on the mortgage. The baby is sick. You receive the pink slip at work. Things happen that do not line up with what you read in God’s Word. You know God IS good but what you are seeing ISN’T good! Things in life happen that do not line up with what you bought into when you became a Christian; but Christianity is knowing the more you need Him, the more faithful He will show Himself on your behalf. Fear questions; but Faith relies.
In your darkest hour, never doubt where He is. Fear tells us He’s gone; Faith shows us He is right beside us. Fear questions His Word; Faith believes His Word.
Daniel 3:16-20, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
We need the “Even if belief…” that sheer confidence that NO MATTER WHAT – we are all in with Him. Today, choose to have confidence in the God you serve.