Alright! We have decided just what we want to be, just exactly how we will accomplish it and how hopefully it will turn out. Is it a scary plan? Probably so since we don’t have any idea how it will turn out until we actually put our hand to the plow. Are you already trying to talk yourself out of it just in case you can’t make it happen? The Psalmist, in this case David, reassures us as he states The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid (27:1). Well, I guess that covers that area of this problem so lets get started.
Fear is not limited to people or situations; actually, it only comes upon us as individuals when we become unsure of our abilities and talents. If you have had the fortune to know the Lord from the beginning of your life you should remember that He had a specific plan for your life when you were created and He is watching over you whether you realize it or not. It is His desire that you will follow His leading and increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).
As individuals, we were all created with a specific assignment for our time spent in this world. We can read about and acknowledge from experience the wonderful accomplishments that mankind has achieved, not under his own power, but with the abilities that God chose to endow each of us with. You may wonder why He chose you and knowing that He did it may possibly bring fear to the forefront of your mind. Why in the world would He pick on you for this specific responsibility? Couldn’t He have chosen someone much more talented and intelligent? But He chose you and in doing so reminds you that I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Often the problem of fear only crops up when we are being held responsible for the outcome of a situation that affects more than just our own individual life. What if we get it wrong and it affects another life in a negative or permanent way? Could we live with that? I have to admit that even as I say it there are many in this day that hardly ever consider that what they do might even affect another life. Agreed that is one way we don’t have to worry, but I don’t think God would approve of our thinking this way.
And then, there is the group that we know will be affected by whatever decision we make. That gets to be a little scarier. While we might love the outcome if we are successful, the idea of what failure might do is very unsettling. Can we go forward with peace of mind? Proverbs tells us that the fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe (29:25). That’s not to say we shouldn’t attempt to be wise or take the responsibility for our actions; it is simply saying that if we are confident in our actions that we can rely on our Lord to be with us and help us. The Lord spoke to Isaiah in his time of need saying – The Lord of hosts, Him shall you hallow (look upon as holy); let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread (8:13). We should be wise and careful, but when we feel that we have covered all our bases we can forge ahead without fear. Sometimes we will succeed and sometimes we might fail, but it won’t be because of fear; instead it will be known in our heart that we trusted our God and the plan was simply not right for this time and this place.
God never intended for His creation to live and/or work in fear. He intended for us to be happy and enjoy the talents and fruit that would come from attempting to glorify the One we love. In these days when things are not going as we would like let us turn once again to our Creator with thanksgiving.
Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things;
Give heart and soul and mind and strength
To serve the King of Kings.