“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The Bible tells us over and over again to fear not. But is that even possible when there is so much to fear? Job loss, divorce, car accidents, cancer, natural disasters, the coronavirus…the list could go on forever. If God tells us to be courageous, it must be possible, right?
When I was a little girl I was terrified of thunderstorms. Whenever it would storm at night I would run into my parents room and climb in bed with them, much to their dismay. I was no safer from the storm in their bed then I was in my own but their presence made all the difference. Just knowing that they were right beside me calmed my fears and I quickly drifted off to sleep.
As an adult my fears are much bigger than thunderstorms but I have found that the remedy to those fears is much the same as it was as a child. I can run to my Heavenly Father whenever I am afraid. Simply being in His presence calms my fears.
Most of our fears are minor and quickly resolve. But what about the times we face really scary stuff?
Pray – Before doing anything else, stop and pray. Go to him with your fears, your anger, your confusion. Lay it all before Him and let Him comfort you, and lead you.
Stay off Google – My first instinct when I’m sick or facing a challenge is to run to Google. While educating yourself is important, it is easy to take it too far causing unnecessary fear. I may simply have a cold but by the time I get done with my internet research I have convinced myself that I have some rare disease and 1 week to live. I was scared before but now I’m terrified. Don’t allow yourself to put more trust in what the world says than what God says
Surround Yourself with His Promises – Spend time in the Bible each day reminding yourself of the goodness of God. Listen to worship music. Talk to other believers who will encourage you. Hang verses throughout your house, car, and office reminding you of His promises. Here are some of my favorites:
Walking through this life courageously is possible but not on our own. However, if we rest in the presence of Jesus we can experience the peace that passes all understanding regardless of the storms we face.
Dear Lord, help us remember that although this world is scary we are never alone. You go before us and beside us. Thank you that we can run to you when we are afraid and that you are so faithful to calm our fears. In Jesus’ name, Amen.