“Fear is a darkroom where negatives are developed” (quote unknown)
“Fear not (there is nothing to fear) for I am with you. Do not look around you in terror and be dismayed or alarmed or scared, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up and retain you with My right hand. I will take good care of you. I always do what is right.” (Isaiah 41:9-11)
‘Fear Factor’ is a reality TV show where contestants compete and perform stunts or dares in order to win a prize. Most of the stunts are dangerous and stupid (and likely to cause pain) and let me tell you that for all the money in the world you will NEVER EVER catch me doing any of those sorts of stunts or dares. I don’t like danger. I don’t like eating weird foods. I don’t like creepy crawlies – especially over my body. I don’t like jumping out of things. Or into things. Especially water. In other words, I don’t like being out of my comfort zone. I like to be safe.
In her book “What happens when women say ‘yes’ to God”, Lysa TerKeurst asks: “What is holding you back from going deeper in your relationship with God?”
For me? One word. Fear.
If I say ‘yes’ to God, what will happen if He asks me to do something really really really
crazy dangerous and likely to cause pain?
What if God asks me to step out of my comfort zone?
The reality is, He’s done it before and He’s likely to do it again therefore I must constantly remind myself of this recurring theme in the Bible…
- “Do not fear” (1 Samuel 12:20)
- “Don’t ever be afraid” (Joshua 10:25)
- “You have nothing to fear” (Genesis 50:21)
- “Do not tremble with fear” (Isaiah 44:8)
- “They had nothing to fear” (Nahum 2:11)
- “They laugh at fear” (Job 39:22a)
- “They are not afraid of anything” (Job 39:22b)
- “Do not fear what they fear” (Isaiah 8:12)
- “There is no fear in love…perfect love drives fear away” (1 John 4:18)
There is no fear in love.
Whether its a minor setback or a major catastrophe, whether it’s a little ‘blip’ along the journey or a seriously frightening situation, whether I’m right out on a limb, right out of my comfort zone or whether my feet are firmly planted in security, I am called by God to face life without fear. Because He loves me. And because there is no fear found in love. God will never ask me to do ‘stunts’ and my life is not a competition to be won where I only win the prize if I accept His ‘dare’.
So as I speak these verses over my life I am determining to move forward with my palms up, ready to receive all that God has for me as I say ‘yes’ to Him.
And yet again it all comes back to making a choice to trust God day to day. Because He always does what is right.