Y’all, fear is paralyzing. Fear can sneak up around you, whisper into your ear, invade your body and leave you frozen in your tracks.
When my husband and I were first married, our house was broken into. It was an odd break-in, too. Obviously meant to scare us. I say that because very few things were stolen but great care was taken in laying out our hunting shotguns and sprinkling the buck shot all over our bed.
No idea who did it. No idea why.
Thankfully we were not home when it happened, though our sweet little dog was. She was perfect and never got into trouble but for some (at the time) unknown reason the night before, she peed on our bed so we decided to put her in her kennel that day of the burglary. She never was in the kennel but she was that day.
I am to this very day, so thankful that dog peed on our bed. If she were loose in the house as she normally was, who knows what could’ve happened to her. Thank you, God, for watching over our dog.
So…if you’ve ever been the victim of a home invasion you probably all-too-well know the feeling of fear you subsequently find yourself drowning in. I remember feeling anxious until we would leave the house for work. I remember questioning every single noise I heard (or didn’t actually hear). And I remember being scared of the dark.
It’s a funny thing how simply reading scripture is reassuring to the believer. I found myself looking up anything that spoke about fear or anxiety, hoping to feel that reassurance. Just enough to get me to close my eyes and drift off to sleep.
First, guard your heart and mind
In Philippians 4:6-7, we are told “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The mind can do remarkably disloyal things in the name of fear. The first step in overcoming fear is to overcome your own mind. When you present your requests to God- as it says with thanksgiving- He will give you His peace. A peace you cannot even fathom in this life. It’s that peace that will guard your heart and mind. Your mind.
In that peace, your fear can be squelched. Recognize the bigness of His peace, though you’ll never understand it. It’s just that big. In John 14:27, God says, “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”
Take the Peace God Gives You
God gives you His own peace. And He gives it fully, without hesitation. Not like the world does…where there are strings attached or where it doesn’t fully get the job done. Maybe it’s only partially given. No, God’s peace is all there. All for you. And all encompassing.
And thinking about how big and mighty this peace is, think of how big and mighty God Himself is. Remember that pesky storm in the Bible that scared the snot out of the disciples? As we read in Mark 4:39-40, Jesus awoke and did this:
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
He just said “Quiet! Be still!” and the storm calmed completely. Not partially. Completely. Immediately.
That’s big. God’s big. If that doesn’t say God can handle your fear, I don’t know what does. And remember, God didn’t give us fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Fear is of Satan. Remember that.
Fear is not of God. You didn’t get that from Him. But fear isn’t bigger than God, rest assured. Use the power, love and a sound mind He did give you and let Him give you His peace. Write these scriptures down, memorize them. Keep them in front of you and let God speak to you through them.
What do you think? I’m going to try to let Him give me His peace when I’m afraid.