In today’s culture and climate, fear reigns supreme. Fear was already an issue before Covid 19, the rearing of the head of racial injustice, and this divisive political time period, but these things have just exacerbated our fears.
We fear the loss of our jobs in a turbulent job market. We fear the upcoming presidential election and what will happen in the next four years. We fear Covid, and the potential to sicken ourselves and our loved ones. Fear, fear, fear. It’s pervasive, and you see it on every news network, and in the speech of our politicians and leaders.
BUT God is not the author of fear. Even though there is much uncertainty going on in this time of complete chaos in our culture and world, we do not have to fear, for God still sits on His thrown unchanged. I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful that He has not given us a Spirit of fear.
I’ve recently been attempting to recover from a stronghold in my life. And it’s been tough. I’m worn out, drained, frustrated, and accompanying all that has been a lot of fear. I have gotten to the point where I usually get to, and it feels like the temptations are just breathing down my neck. Like how much longer can I hold on and live in obedience.
This morning I woke up still in this fearful state, and I went to the Lord in prayer, and he brought this verse to mind, and it really helped change my perspective on things.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
What this verse helped me recognize that even though fear is present in our lives naturally when hard things come, that fear does not have to control us. Fear is not from God, nor does he give us a Spirit of fear if we are His. Instead the Spirit that He has given us is a Spirit that is characterized by love, power, and self control.
The Apostle Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
God has not only given us a Spirit that is characterized not by fear, but love, power, and self control, but He has also given us everything that we need to live a godly life. This should be an encouragement to us.
Today, whether you are like me, and facing the uphill battle of overcoming a stronghold, or whether you are dealing with the effects of the global pandemic, or anxiety over the decision of who to cast your vote for, or the pain of racial injustice, I pray that you would look to God, and look to Him as not the author of fear, but the author of peace, reconciliation, joy, love, and self control. That in these moments of fear, that you would look to Him, and see that He has got you, even when it feels like you are just free falling off a 150 foot cliff into a abyss that leads to nowhere.
I pray that you would know that God has a great plan for your life, and even though that life is not devoid of pain and suffering, that on the other side there is joy and freedom and peace, and that He will get you there. Your victory is coming.
So today, don’t let your pervasive fear of whatever you are experiencing in this life dictate how you live your life. Look upward. See the Father sitting on the throne, in control. See Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father, who has interceded for us through the cross, and is continually interceding for us on our behalf. See the Holy Spirit giving us the strength to believe, convicting, encouraging, and bringing about change in our innermost parts.
In a world that is filled with pervasive fear, strife, anger, frustration, and division, we don’t have to have fear. We can have power. Love. And self control. And we can live lives that show that we will not be tossed about by every passing wind and storm, for our God is control, and He never changes.
Here’s a great song by Lauren Daigle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBzg4B3_yS8&list=RDVBzg4B3_yS8&start_radio=1