Fear comes upon us all. This doesn’t mean we are weak in our faith. So then, how do we overcome fear when we’re faced with challenges that makes us afraid? The good news is there are two biblical responses to fear that will help us overcome fear in our hearts and minds.
2 Biblical Responses To Fear
Just a few weeks ago I had a medical emergency that caused my family to call an ambulance. Thankfully, I carried my medical emergency card (comes free with our Medical Binder Worksheets) which helps the paramedics understand my condition.
However, that dramatic experience struck me with fear. I couldn’t sleep at night as my mind was filled with a lot of “what if” scenarios.
Have you experienced fearful thoughts about a troubled relationship, finances, health, or even your job?
As I sought God in my desperation to overcome this fear, I discovered Two Biblical Responses To Fear. Not only did this help me find peace in my heart and mind, but it also helped me realize it is ok to be afraid.
What do I mean by that? In this quick video, I explain all the details!
Don’t Be Like Job
Many of us identify ourselves with Job when we experience great loss. However, as I did a deep study into Job I realized I don’t want to be like Job. Why? Because what Job feared came upon him!
“What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.”
~ John 3:25-26 (NLT)
After reading this, I realized when faced with fear, I need to find another way to overcome it.
How To Overcome Fear
As I continued to study I found myself relating more to David in Psalm 56.
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? ~ Psalm 56:3-4 (NLT)
Notice David said; “when I am afraid.” That tells me it’s ok to be afraid. We just don’t want to dwell in fear.
David then goes on to say what he does when he’s afraid. And that is to trust God and praise Him for what He has promised.
To trust God when we’re afraid is to choose to trust Him with the situation instead of leaning on our understanding.
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
~ Proverbs 3:5 (AMPC)
When we are fearful, we don’t think straight. So it will benefit us to pause and trust God, being confident in His abilities instead of our flawed thinking.
In our waiting, we need to praise Him for His promises found in His word.
In The End
The reality is fear will come upon us all, but it doesn’t make us weak in our faith. How we respond to fear will reveal where we put our trust.
You have a choice to either be like Job and what you always fear comes upon you, or you can be like David, making a conscious decision when you’re afraid to trust God and praise Him for His promises.
Which one will you be?
~ Timberley Gray