“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if anything is excellent and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Uncertainty is difficult for me, and our family has been going through a lot of it lately. My grandma’s mantra, “Life is synonymous with change" keeps ringing in my ear, which means I better this change thing down because it’s not going away and may even speed up as the years go by.
Fear often accompanies change in my life. The fear of the unknown can be unsettling, and my what-if thoughts can negatively spiral down, so I must first focus on the truth. No coincidence “the belt of truth” is the first piece of equipment in the armor of God (see Ephesians 6).
At the most basic level, I know that God is bigger than my circumstances or anything I could ever fear. 1 John 4:4 says, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” God is greater than anything or anyone, and His purposes prevail. Reminding myself of this foundational fact is critical.
Fear, on the other hand, is a liar. Fear is False Expectations Appearing Real.
God is not in the voice of fear. Fear diminishes as I focus on His voice of truth:
“God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) and “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
It is said “Do not be afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times, a daily reminder from God to live courageously every day—join me next Monday for more ways to live fearlessly.