Have you ever been home alone when you heard a noise and thought for sure you were about to be murdered? If you said yes I’m totally with you. If you said no, well I just confessed I may be a little paranoid so that’s embarrassing. Anyway we aren’t supposed to be afraid as children of God.
Fear is defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat” and “being afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.” and Timidity is defined as “fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions” (Google) If we are afraid or have timidity as Christians we are basically saying:
1. God I don’t trust you
2. God you aren’t good/strong enough to protect me
But God is big enough and strong enough to protect all of his children and he deserves to be trusted by us. After all he died in the most embarrassing way possible, in a way meant for sinners not the only person in all of existence who hasn’t sinned. He was beaten, stripped, mocked, and finally hung in front of everyone on the cross to die.
God has commanded us as Christians not to be afraid in Joshua 1:9 “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.” and 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
God will protect us, he might not always keep us from harm, but he will do his will and let his glory shine through the troubles and after all that’s what we are called to do as his servants. Francesca Battistelli’s song “Write your story” says: “My Life I know it’s never really been mine So do with it whatever You like I don’t know what Your plan is But I know it’s good” He is just writing his story with you and how boring is a movie without a little fear, a little love (in this case a lot of love) and a happy ending. If your a christian you’ll have the happiest of endings, one that never ends.
God is using you to write a story so let him. “I’m an empty page I’m an open book Write Your story on my heart Come on and make Your mark Author of my hope Maker of the stars Let me be Your work of art Won’t You write Your story on my heart Write Your story, write Your story Come on and write Your story, write Your story Won’t You write Your story on my heart” (Francesca Battistelli-“Write your story”)
The unknown is scary, but that’s why God gives us his help, his strength, his word that helps us along, and Christian relationships of all kinds to help us along in his story. Because every Batman needs a Robin.
Every trouble we face has to go through God first, he wont give us more than we can handle (Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”) (1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”) Not only are we not supposed to be afraid we are supposed to count it Joy when we face trials (James 1:2 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”) We are supposed to be joyful in all things! In the trials if we are joyful other people will see that we aren’t complaining (Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing”) and realize there is something different about Christians. And if we are having troubles it means Satan sees us as a threat, he wouldn’t bother the people who are on his side as much as he does to his enemies.
The following two songs are two of my favorite new songs with my favorite lyrics from the song:
“Write Your Story” – Francesca Battistelli “My Life I know it’s never really been mine So do with it whatever You like I don’t know what Your plan is But I know it’s good” http://youtu.be/ecV1NHmELuA
“We are Brave” – Shawn McDonald “So let the blaze keep growing higher, its in the flames that we shine brighter, standing tall through it all, cause we are the fighters” this one doesn’t have a link but you can find it on Spotify and Itunes.
Be brave and don’t fear, God is protecting you!