Updated: Nov 6, 2018
“ Thou shalt have no other God’s before me”. Whatever is esteemed or loved, feared or served, delighted in or depended on, more then God; that, whatever it is, we do in effect, make a god of. ( read that again, slowly).
I put fear over my faith in God; thus, fear became my god. In trouble I refused , not deliberately, to stop focusing on the problem. I talked faith, but didn’t walk in it. Whenever things happened that seemed out of my control to immediately fix, I feared. I asked God but often superficially, because in my mind, I kept trying to figure out how I could handle it, who I could call for help. This habit was so strong it became an addiction. I don’t think I’m alone on this one. It wasn’t that I shouldn’t feel fear; it’s a human reaction, but I was consumed by it.
Over 350 times in the Bible are statements making clear that we should not fear, we should not worry; that we should bring every concern to God. Now let’s be clear, life can be scary. No matter how much money, power, education, and even spiritual connections we have, we are all faced with seasons and tests that are heart wrenching; debilitating diseases, relationships that seem irreparable, financial stresses, and the list goes on, and we should fear, but not wallow in it. And that’s just why Jesus said don’t. He knew we would be faced with insurmountable difficulties only he could handle. Our job; to give them to him and trust.
Too often, too many of us don’t. We’re taught from our parents, from schooling, and yes even from the pulpit of churches, just the opposite. No one comes out and says not to trust God, but we say things like “God helps those, who helps themselves”, We speak as though, because of particular accomplishments, we should be able to handle anything, and all too often God is only secondary in our solutions.
My statement of hope: Dear God, help me to know You enough, to love You enough, to trust You enough, to obey. (Read again, slowly). You see, the statements regarding fear, aren’t suggestions, they’re commands. And as we all know, obedience doesn’t always come easily. But here’s the prize, Jude 1:24. Now to Him, who is able to keep you from falling, to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our savior who alone is wise be glory, majesty, dominion and power both now and forever. Amen”. God is so amazing, able and willing to keep us from everything in us, that keeps us from Him. All we have to do is ask. Doesn’t always happen over night, but it actually does happen.
When problems come, and they do, and often can’t be fixed in a moment or even a day, let’s begin to focus, pray first, and give each one to him. Even those situations we can fix, let’s practice presenting them to God first. Sometimes the situation may not go away, but the fear actually does, and fear is debilitating. Some things turn out to not be as bad, or difficult as you may think. Sometimes God will send you the help you need from people he sends. Often he walks you through it by giving a clearer way of thinking. However the help comes, it actually does come. And know this, God does help us when we can’t help ourselves, because he helps everyone who asks. I’m so glad I no longer have to live with fear or any sin that so easily besets me, or has me focused on it, rather than Him.