This last Sunday at church, our pastor said something that has really stuck with me throughout the week. He said, “The problem with fear is not that it exists. It’s that we allow it to grip us and prevent us from doing what God has created us to do.”
I’m sure we’ve been at a point in our lives when we’re faced with a decision. Perhaps we feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to step out in faith and start a ministry or lead a group. It could be the decision to donate time and energy to a homeless shelter or make food for shut-ins. Do our neighbors know the saving grace of Jesus Christ? Should I join the church? In any of those circumstances, we should be seeking God and looking to Him for guidance.
Yet often, we try to figure out what our next move is on our own. We make a list of pros and cons. We ask friends and family members. We run to the internet for advice. We’re afraid of making the wrong choice so we become paralyzed and then make no decision. I’m guilty of this myself. I’m great at making a to-do list for the Holy Spirit so He knows how it needs to end up. Then I promptly ignore my own list that was useless anyway!
When the pastor made that comment this weekend, it made me wonder how often I do this very thing. Fear is not bad. But when I allow it to hinder me from living out God’s will for my life, it’s a sin.
We’re told in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Am I saying that we shouldn’t be seeking counsel about big decisions? Absolutely not. But our first move shouldn’t be to the people or things around us. It should be to our Heavenly Father who wants the best for us. We should seek God who directs our path for what we should do. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us live this life.
And how do we hear the Holy Spirit? I’m so glad you asked! We need to be in our bibles! We need to be praying! We need to be studying His word and seeking Godly counsel. All those things allow us a richer and closer connection to God. That, in turn, allows us to be more attune to the calling of our Creator!
I pray as we continue through the year that we lay down the fear that prevents us from doing what He has created us to do. Instead, let’s live out our calling with our eyes focused solely on God and trust His perfect direction!