Wake Up Wednesday: Faith vs. Fear
What do you do when you feel that God has surely promised you something, yet it seems like there’s no forthcoming of that promise appearing? Do you allow yourself to sit in the faith that he’s promised us time and time again? That he is faithful even when we are faithless? Or do you allow yourself to shrink up in fear that he actually won’t bring forth a promise… that maybe you’ve missed it somehow.
Faith vs Fear
This isn’t intended to feel convicting, this is intended to bring us into our personal reality.
And the reality is, that I’m sure fear takes over. And that’s okay, because you and me both sister! Let’s recognize that.
Fear has a funny, devious way of sneaking into our reality. Maybe by means of finances (this is a big one), or what if it’s “but I really felt Holy Spirit say this to me… but how is it possible if ___,” or fear of feeling/looking stupid if you pursue one thing vs. another. Whatever type of fear you may be feeling, dismiss that.
God is a God of PEACE, not confusion. He does not tease us, He does not hide from us, He does not trick us. He is kind to us and he loves us. And when we approach our uncertain situations from a standpoint of how much He loves us, we are given more clarity than we may even need.
“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” –1 Thessalonians 5:24
As you go about your week, choosing to oust your fears, be encouraged by the words of this book, the words that rang true to my soul so deeply this week:
“How quickly change had come. One moment I was gazing almost breathlessly at the beauty of the mountain as the clouds lifted from it for the first time. Then just half an hour later all the snow mountains were blotted out as completely as if they did not exist. The hills and fields had too disappeared, and mist and rain completely shrouded the landscape. Then, my Lord said, ‘These changes come in life, too. For one hour the vision on the Mount, and then perhaps, almost directly, the descent into the depths of the valley where the vision may seem to be completely blotted out by changed circumstance. But believe steadfastly in what I showed you in the hours of vision and clear sky. The reality is there still, even though a curtain seems to blot it out. You have seen the mountains, and though there is no trace of it now and it’s disappeared like a dream, nevertheless it is there. It is a reality. The mist and cloud are transient and will pass away, and the truly reality will appear again.
A lovely message, indeed, even though the feeling was a rather miserable one of extreme wetness!”
“God went ahead of them in a Pillar of Cloud during the day to guide them on the way, and at night in a Pillar of Fire to give them light; thus they could travel both day and night. The Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night never left the people” –Exodus 13:21
It’s not supposed to be easy. And it doesn’t say the journey won’t leave us miserable or extremely wet. But it does say that God is faithful.
You have seen the mountains.