“. . . Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me, I took courage. . . ” (Ezra 7:28)
Recently I was dialogging with someone who sensed that what she was suggesting was something I wasn’t comfortable with. She was right–it was something new, that scared me.
While it might have been a great suggestion for me, and even though I believed it could be beneficial, I wasn’t that keen.
She went on to ask me the question “What scares you about it?”
Because she’s someone who cares and I feel the need to be honest with, I searched for the right answer. In doing so, I realized that there are still so many things that scare me about my life and the way it’s been heading the last year or so.
The journey of chronic illness is scary and many of you may have felt that too. There are many things that are unknown–maybe about now, or the future we will face. I think we often feel very alone in what we are going through, and that’s scary too.
Sometimes I feel like there is so much about my life that is uncertain–and uncertainty scares me. I also feel guilty that as a Christian, my life still has fears that seem overwhelming at times. How do I face the fear?
The above verse comes from a story about people who faced uncertainty as they returned to Jerusalem after many years of exile. In accordance with what God had spoken through Jeremiah, God had “moved the heart” of the King to encourage the surviving Jews to return to rebuild the temple, under the leadership of Ezra.
It was a huge undertaking, but Ezra says that he was courageous because he knew God’s hand was in what they were undertaking.
Just as Ezra says here, shouldn’t we take courage too–the hand of God is always on us and we have His Spirit in our lives. That assurance should make a difference to how we face the fear and uncertainty we face each day.
Isaiah 41:13 says: “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’” That’s a wonderful promise to hold on to when we must face the fear we feel!
Prayer: Father, You know the fears I have–even those I don’t share with anyone else. When I am scared, please help me to face the fears and uncertainties of my life with courage, as I trust in You. Amen.
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel if she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog.
What promises do you turn to, when you are fearful? How has God met you when you face the fear you have?
How do you face the fear? This video is a “skit” about how fear can really feel and where God fits into how you cope with it. I don’t know how to explain it, but I encourage you to take the one minute and twenty-four seconds to listen. Encouraging! -Lisa