Overcoming fear with these three words
We fear the funniest things sometimes. But we also face legitimate fears that haunt us, trap us, and hold us captive.
Can you remember the last time a fear held you in its grip?
For me, it was last week. I was facing some tasks I greatly feared and dreaded. I didn’t want to struggle through them. I just wanted to avoid, run the other direction, do anything to get myself away from them.
It was then that this verse came to mind:
“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.'” -Isaiah 43:1–2
Three words stood out: when and through and with
When you pass: I find it incredibly interesting that God doesn’t say, “If you pass.” Suffering, hardship, fears—they’re not optional; expect them. If you haven’t experienced them as a Christian, is there something you’ve been avoiding? God’s calling involves hardship; I fear too many have taken the glossy route—the road more traveled.
Through the waters: Don’t go around your fears. Don’t retreat from your fears. Go through them. This is a hard lesson for me. And one that I wanted to neglect last week when I felt like giving up and doing something easier. Anything easier. At the time I wanted to do anything but the hard thing I was called to at that moment. But when you go through the waters of your fear, you get cleansed because that’s what water does (and that’s what fire does as well).
I will be with you: This is the key to it all. The only reason we can go through the waters without fear is because the one who has created and formed us is with us. The one who has redeemed you and called you by your name is with you.
What fear will you walk through today?