Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Get Over Petty Fears

How many times has someone—usually a woman—told me what she can't do because of some fear? From fear of flying, to fear of the dark, to fear of speaking in front of a group, to fear of not knowing how to dress for an occasion, I've encountered so many who have missed out on many good things because of what I term "petty fear."

Fear is a very common enemy for all of us. The Bible is full of admonitions to "fear not," " do not be afraid." " do not be anxious," etc. You can hardly turn a page in Scripture without some reference to fear. Obviously, fear has plagued mankind from the beginning of time. So it's no surprise that fear is something all of us need to "get over."

Fear comes in many shapes and sizes. Some fears are good for us; they prevent us from sticking our hands in a flame, or walking out into traffic, or driving carelessly on icy roads. Of course, the Bible teaches us to fear God, with a reverential awe that should keep us from wandering away from biblical principles.

There are big fears that keep us in bondage and smaller ones that eat around the edges of our happiness and enjoyment of life. Often those larger fears are the result of traumatic experiences or childhood memories that need some special attention and counsel in order for us to be free of them.

In many cases, the petty fears don't rise to the level of phobias or fixations, but they interfere with our everyday life, they limit where we go and what we do, they keep us from experiences that are often enriching and delightful.

You may think that petty fears aren't a big deal but they actually can indicate that you aren't trusting God enough in that area. Fear is a red flag that indicates a lack of faith, a lack of trust. And without faith, it's impossible to please God. Fear and faith cannot coexist. Petty fears are symptoms of our refusal to learn to trust a trustworthy God.

I'll leave you with this quote as you try and navigate through your petty fears.

"The will of God will not take you where the grace of God cannot keep you."

1 comment:

  1. Fear is a red flag that indicates a lack of faith, a lack of trust. And without faith, it's impossible to please God. Fear and faith cannot coexist. good point!
    RS 3 Gold.

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