“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, ESV)
In a past message, I made the comment, “When you cannot go anywhere but forward into your fear, that’s when the promises of God begin to manifest!”
Fear normally has some very strong negative connotations; and so it should. But, if we’re wired from creation with all kinds of emotions, then both positive and negative feelings have great purpose in leading us into our divine assignments. They say you’re going in the right direction…that what you desire most is just on the other side of your perceived limit. Fear can actually be good sign, then, as long as we don’t stagnate. Thus, whether it be frustration or joy, they are a sign-post declaring our imminent victory.
So, instead of retreating, we need to keep pressing on the very things from which we want to run. The darkness of our sad days are only a boundary to the days of fulfilled vision. Keep in mind that our gloomy seasons remain dark only as long as we keep from moving forward courageously.
Live through and past your fear. Stand under the drawing Word spoken over Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” Do everything the Lord tells you; and you will have success wherever you go as you yield to the place of your fear.
Live to live!