“Fear, he is a liar. He will take your breath, stop you in your steps. Fear, he is a liar, he will rob your rest, steal your happiness.”
The truths written down in lyrics to Zach Williams’ song “Fear Is a Liar” strike a chord with me – he has taken my breath and he has stopped me in my steps. There have been times when fear has kept me awake at night. I have allowed fear to dictate some of my choices, some of my responses to situations, some of my interactions with others, and at times to steal my happiness. I admit that too often I have allowed fear to control me.
I clearly remember a period of time as a child when entering my room at bedtime – my routine was to flick the lightswitch on the wall to ‘off’ and then take a running leap into my bed before whatever evil was lurking beneath could reach out and grab hold of my leg. I was an expert at diving swiftly into the bed and under the covers. A child’s unfounded fears and irrational thoughts. The fear of situations that never came to pass or which had no possibility of becoming reality.
Now as an adult, the choice is mine: I can live in fear, giving it the ability to rule my life or at least moments of it…or I can choose to cast out my fears by surrendering them to God. Is it easy? No. Is it possible? Entirely. Even though our irrational fears as children tend to become more rational as adults, residing in fear is an unfortunate waste of life for far too many. When we spend time living in fear, our mind is shut off to the goodness of God and His many blessings, instead with our focus on those fears which usually never come to pass.
I’ve heard it said that “fear not” is the most repeated command in the Bible. Christians can be sure that God desires much more for us than to live in fear. He understands that the uncertainties and troubles of life can leave us anxious and fearful. His word tells us over and over again that we can trust Him, that we need not be afraid. His word tells us that “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Resting in God’s perfect love will help to dispel our fears.
Hope nugget: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1) *read remainder of chapter