Faith is the Answer to Fear

All of us have fears–this is very normal. As a matter of fact, the feeling of fear is an essential part of our lives–it keeps us from harm by signaling danger and preparing us to deal with it. However, too much fear can rob us of all that God has in store for us. By allowing fear to cloud our thoughts and our behavior we are shunning God’s guiding presence, and allowing it to take control.

I am not talking about emotions of extreme fear here, instead what is most destructive are the fears that people act on unknowingly every day–for example, worry and anxiety. These little fears make it possible for fear to lure us into disobeying God because we are no longer able to hear his voice because of our preoccupation with our worries. Fear can be crippling if you let it overcome you completely.

To cast away fear from our lives, we must work on strengthening our faith. Faith is the Lord’s answer to fear. As God promised through the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).

To help you turn your fear into faith, read this post: “Moving From Fear To Faith.”

Comments

  1. So if you had a choice between going to hell for deliberately neglecting the less fortunate in order to keep your marriage intact, and going to hell for knowingly sabotaging your marriage by giving a small percentage of your time and/or income to the poor, which would you choose?

    This fear has been increasingly dominating me despite an outwardly faithful facade, and “progress” on my journey of faith only seems to magnify my iniquity. In case you care to spend any time on this, feel free to use my private e-mail if you feel the topic is too sensitive for an online response. If you choose not to respond, I certainly wouldn’t blame you. Great post, it does hit home!

    • I’m not so sure that we are capable of deciding what will or will not send us to hell. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation. I’d suggest prayer to you. Really think about what you want to/feel obligated to do. I’m sure you will figure out a solution with the help of God.

      • I apologize if my comment seemed harsh – your post struck a nerve. I continue to pray much over this, having favored devoting many years to keeping a fragile marriage afloat by all possible means. I still feel compelled to grow in faith despite inflating my culpability – the rich man parable tears me apart inside. Thank you for the thoughtful response, Erin.