“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom should I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)
Fear is the opposite of faith. When we have fear, we’re blind to the wonderfulness of the Lord, and like those in scripture readings, we need to be healed.
Faith is the cure — faith that identifies Jesus as Lord, faith that appreciates the loveliness of the Lord, faith that believes that God is going to make good come from every hardship, no matter how bad it looks. Faith overcomes fear.
Fear is not of God. It does not belong in a Christian’s life. Neither does worry, because worry is caused by fear. Whenever we become concerned about anything that might be worrisome, if the Lord truly is our Savior, as we claim him to be, then we choose to turn it over to him in trust, because we know we can trust him! We have already seen the Lord do much good. We have valid reasons to live in confident hope, despite all the visible evidence to the contrary.
Fear sets in when we get distracted by the attractions of this world, losing sight of what is pure and holy and heavenly. Faith tells us to not be distracted by our trials and hardships. Instead of focusing on the evidence of impending disaster, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, the reason for our hope.
Victorious hope comes from remembering to keep our eyes focused on Jesus at all times!
© 2019 by Terry A. Modica