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.”