“I was afraid…” These are some of the first recorded words that Adam said to God. And if we’re looking at scripture, it’s usually the first thing angels say when they appear to men: “Fear not.”
Fear has been a part of the human condition almost from the beginning.
There are a lot of things that cause fear in our world today. People are afraid of being alone, or of not being accepted, afraid they won’t measure up to their own or others’ expectations. Basic fears of losing something you have, or never attaining something you want. Rejection, poverty, illness, vulnerability, death. Loss of something treasured: youth, health, money, status, a relationship.
Some fears are even of fear itself. Unfounded. Faceless.
I love acrostics. They’re a word play that uses the letters in a word to make a point. So FEAR could be:
False Evidence Appearing Real
This is especially true of those things we worry about happening in the future because we can’t see all the pieces clearly. We make guesses or assumptions and base our actions, our fears, on what may not even be true.
What are you are afraid of? Is it something that keeps you frozen, unable to act?
Here’s another set of acrostics someone told me for FEAR:
Forget Everything And Run
Face Everything And Rise
While often my gut tells me to Run, my spirit calls me Rise. It’s kind of like when you hear two separate voices – like the little angel and devil figures in cartoons that sit on your shoulders and give you opposing opinions.
When you Run, the Everything eventually catches up with you. And you end up having to handle it anyway. Often by then, it’s an even bigger mess.
But when you Face Everything, remember that you are not alone. You have resources you may not have considered. And you don’t have to deal with everything at once. Plus, you can ask for help from other people. No doubt you already know people who can support you, encourage you, who have been through something similar and can coach or guide you.
The Rising gives a sense of confidence that builds as you do handle things. And results in courage to keep you going.
FAITH can help dissolve FEAR. In a way, it’s the opposite of Fear. Fear can paralyze you with inaction. Faith can move you forward. While Fear focuses you inward, Faith helps you see beyond yourself.
Faith can be:
Feeling As If There’s Hope
And when your hope is in God, your hope is strong and true. He is able and willing to care for you in any and every situation. He is bigger than any problem. Calling out to Him connects you to the Creator of the Universe! The One True God. The Everlasting Father.
So, what are you afraid of?
Call out to God and tell Him all about it. Romans 8:31 says “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Stand with Him. Face Everything. And Rise with Him.
I pray you will reach out to God with every fear. And that with God at your side, you will sense His presence, and Feel As If There’s Hope.
And in that Hope, You will Rise!