Oct. 27, 2015

Fighting Fear and Winning

The issue of fear has no place in the believer’s life; yet, God understands. While His word tells us we have not been given a spirit of fear, we often turn to human coping skills as opposed to relying on faith. Fear is easier than having the faith to believe what will be will be, and it will be okay.

I worked for the Union Baptist Association for ten years. It was during a time that the saying, “It is what it is” was coined. My co-worker and I had a devotional time every morning. We would alternate reading from the Bible or from a devotional book each day. It was about the same time that my son was deployed for the ump-teenth time. I struggled desperately with fear.

One night at home, I fell to my knees and the noises coming out of my mouth were straight from my soul. When Paul taught that there are times we do not have the thoughts, words or strength to pray and that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us? Well, that would be one of those times in my life. My soul literally cried out to God in utterings that only God’s Spirit could understand and comprehend. I was afraid. Deeply and desperately afraid.

God helped me deal with my fear. My fear hadn’t just paralyzed me spiritually; it was ruining my social life. I wasn’t very fun to be around. My co-workers stood by my side and prayed me through it. (It was helpful that I worked in an outpatient mental health service that included 17 Christian therapists.)

One day during our devotional time, my co-worker and I decided this would be our simple, but heartfelt prayer to God, “It is what it is. It’s not what I want it to be. God, help me understand what it is knowing it is as it should be. It will be okay.”

Mull over those words. Fear finds no room to dwell in a heart that admits fear while trusting God anyway.