Despite the Fear

(Originally posted on Light of the Son as a guest post.)

Everyone’s afraid of something. Be it what others think of you, what your future holds, or even how you’re going to do on chemistry finals, fear is always there to take a hold of you. It’s ready to wrap you in its vise before you can think twice.






That brings up a good question, though. Is it okay to be afraid?

And I would say, absolutely. Think of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. He was so afraid and anxious that he sweated drops of blood. If our perfect and sinless Savior was afraid, then I think it’s safe to say that being afraid is okay.

But as Christians, what’s not okay is when we let our fear control our actions. What’s not okay is when our fear becomes so strong and powerful that we can’t summon the courage to do what God wants us to do.  What’s not okay is when our fear becomes more influential in our life than God.

When Jesus was in the garden the night He was crucified, sure He was afraid! I think we’d all agree that we would be afraid also if we were in that situation. But the point is: He trusted in His Father so much, that He was able to overcome His fear and accomplish God’s will.

And that’s a beautiful picture of what we as Christians should do when we’re afraid. We can take our cares to God, trusting in Him always. Drawing strength from Him.

Even if you’re still afraid, that’s where you find the courage to step up and do what God’s calling you to do.

The point isn’t sucking it up and being brave. Because God might not always take away your fear. The point is trusting in God despite your fear, and stepping out in faith that He will use you how He wants. 

And that’s when God can use you. When you’re so in tune with His will, that your fear takes a backseat. Sure, you might still be afraid, but when you’re confident that God has a plan through it all, your fear suddenly doesn’t seem to matter very much anymore.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, even when you face fear, you can always cling to faith. And you can choose to act in that faith according to His will, despite the fear.

~ Jonathan

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10 comments:

  1. I was wondering what happened to this. XP

    Preach it!!!! :D

    "Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by, trusting Him whate'er befall, trusting Jesus, that is all."

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    1. Haha I must have forgotten to mention that it was a guest post. :P

      Lol thanks I will! :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing this. You said everything perfectly! This up coming year I'm dealing with a lot of unknowns and new challenges. It's pretty scary stepping out of my comfort zone and growing up, but instead of letting that consume me and keep me up at 2 AM, I need to rely on God and trust this His will for my life is true and good. Thanks for this reminder :)

    Elizabeth
    http://whimsicalthoughtss.blogspot.com/

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    1. No problem! Aw well thanks so much! :D Yup, that's exactly right. Glad you enjoyed the post, Elizabeth! :)

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  3. Amen! Thanks for the great reminder! :)

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  4. "The point is trusting in God despite your fear" - this is true courage. Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. It's trusting God DESPITE fear!! Love it. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Amen! That's absolutely right! :)

      No problem!

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  5. Awesome and true! I think we all sometimes forget all of this... But this was an awesome reminder. Loved it.
    YHVH bless.
    -Angela | thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

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