“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)
Everyday it’s the same. She shakes. Her head falls. She slinks up the stairs in worry of what might happen next. She fears the mysterious sounds that might emanate from some unknown God-forsaken origin. I’m not sure; but, she must believe that the next potential sounds she hears will be her last. Although my dog, Maggie, is fearless with most enemies, this one overtakes her in ways beyond her ability to reason them away.
Her fear is quite simple. The fire alarm pronounces impending doom; and its screeching holler invariably is preceded by cooking in the frying pan. The only thing to do when momma starts cooking is to run before all the chaos begins!
Fear is a strange emotion. Whether we fully understand it or not, you came equipped with it, just like Maggie. It’s bred into your creative design. God wired you with it. Like all emotions, fear has its place. Although it can lie to us and get us to withdraw, it also has the ability to highlight truth when interpreted correctly. For instance, fear may say “There’s a potential enemy up ahead,” but that also means that you’re about to enter potential promise. Although fear may say, “Take the safe road,” it also points out that there is a higher road to travel. Truly, fear is an emotion that yells at you to “Pay attention!”
The real issue with fear is not getting rid of it; it’s acting correctly in the midst of it. Rather than running, we must stand and fight. We must overcome. We must believe that every promise of God is on the other side of my fear. Thus, God’s call to courage!
So, let today’s fear be your sign to the Promised Land. Release the guilt of fear. Don’t let anybody impose upon you a false humility and pretend as if fear does not exist. Instead, embrace courage…and like Joshua, your actions of faith will always be followed by the walls coming down!