To Fear or Not?…

This morning started like most others, by getting up begrudgingly and taking on the task of exercising. Or should I say attempting to run again after an injury to my knee….which failed, so I walked instead. Little did I know what was to come. I read a blog post of a friend who titled it “time to quit fighting God”. While I read it, I was in tears. It was an amazing reminder of how often I have fought to keep the easy in my life without regard to what steps I should be taking, probably due to fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of what’s to be, fear of failure, among other things.

Fear holds me tightly sometimes, makes me fight what God wants….and I should be titling this “time to quit being fearful”. I realized as I read her post, how we as a family are holding on to the easy and long for the simple but we are being called to step out, away from that and trust a God that knows what he’s doing.

The bible is chock full of verses that instruct us to not fear. From the early books of Deuteronomy, Exodus and Joshua; God specifically says not to fear. He reminds us that he is leading us in scripture:

Deuteronomy 31: 6“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. “

And in Joshua He says: “I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you … No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous.”

In Chronicles 28: 20 David said to Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.”

Over and over the Old and New Testament reminds us not to fear. At this point you would think we really would get it, right? So, why fear? My guess is that I am not in control and I want to be. My fear tells God that I don’t think he can do the things I know he can.

I want to be a woman that trusts God fully, a wife that supports my husband without fear and know that He is being led; I want to be a mom who leads my children to not fear and trust in the God who really can do anything. I need only ask, with the right heart and truly believe that whatever I ask, in the will of God, he will answer.

So, how do I do it? Daily, I have to wrap myself in verses and rewrite my mind that I don’t have to be In control, that I will make mistakes and I don’t have to be afraid of my decisions or paths, that I need to listen to the voice, oh that still, quiet voice of a God who whispers to me….”don’t fear, I’ve got this; don’t be afraid, just follow me”.

Are you running from something because you are afraid. We don’t have to be afraid. We can step out and trust that our path is preset before us and Angels go before us to prepare our way. (“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Exodus 23: 20).

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isa 41: 13

For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, where we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8: 15


Abria Vansandt