When You Walk in Fear, Look Up and Live

When You Walk in Fear, Look Up and Live

As 2016 drew to an end, I considered all I’d seen and heard throughout the year – particularly the end of it. I considered how one election seemed to divide the church. I considered how many people felt as if the end of the world had just arrived. How fear ran rampant. I considered how many were relieved that it hadn’t. And those people rejoiced. And I “selahed.” I took moments to consider God’s Word and what He has to say about all that.

Too often we look at the world around us, and we get caught up in the fears our circumstances command. We pray and we quote Scripture, and we tell our friends our deepest feelings, knowing they’ll sympathize with us. They’ll nod their heads and offer a word or two, share a story of their own. And we walk away placated. For now, the world is uprighted once again.

But that’s not what God wants.

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What we need to do in these times is to walk by faith and not by sight. Putting all of our trust in Him. What did Jesus tell Peter when he walked out on the water and then began to sink? Let’s take a look:

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to

Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out

saying, “Lord, save me!”

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why

did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. {Matthew 14:27-31}

He talked about Peter’s faith – moreso his lack of it. Peter doubted that Jesus had commanded him to come to Him on the water. Because once Peter took that step of faith, he looked away from Jesus. He became distracted by the boisterous winds.

How often do we get distracted from God’s truths by the voices of the people around us? Whether they’re well-meaning friends or lobbyists or even the voice in our own heads. Will we believe what the physical world is shouting or what God’s Word has held as truth for all of eternity?

Will you trust God with your future, or will you spend your lifetime worrying about what’s to come? If you were in God’s Word and believed Him in all His fullness, you wouldn’t worry about what’s to come. You’d rest in knowing that He has everything under control and that no matter what decisions those around us make, we have nothing and no one to fear but Him. He is the only One who holds our life in His hands. And He knows exactly what we need to endure it.

Q for U: When you look up, what scares you the most? What voice calls loudest? Now, what does God’s Word say about that? Write it down. Put it somewhere you can read it any time that voice calls out or you look up and fear what you find. Speak the truth of God’s Word into that situation. And live.

Change is Inevitable

Change is Inevitable

Change is InevitableAs I watch the leaves turn shades of red, orange, and yellow, I can’t help but think of change. It’s one of those inevitable things. Just as the seasons change, so does life.

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One minute we’re in college, finding Prince Charming and graduating to get married and start a career. The next our kids are graduating from high school. And then our grandkids are walking down the aisle.

Some changes are difficult. The death of a parent, child, or best friend.  Moving away from home. Divorce. Trying to change a diet or stop a bad habit. Becoming a step-parent. Empty nesting. Growing older and losing capabilities that once were natural. None are easy to deal with.

Other changes are easier, like when the toddler learns to potty and no longer needs diapers. Getting married. Moving into a new house. Getting our hair colored or cut. We see these as changes that bring joy into our lives.

One of the most difficult changes in my life was becoming a step-mother. Before I married Victor, I spent a lot of time with his son, Zachary. I helped him with his homework. I watched him while his father worked a side job on a Saturday afternoon. We played and laughed and had fun.

The moment I said, “I do” at our wedding, things changed. He began a silent rebellion, and his parents often accused me of overstepping my bounds when all I was trying to do was make sure he was safe and taken care of. Sometimes that involves discipline, such as removing privileges. The one time he almost got hit by a truck because he disobeyed me, I thought I was going to explode. For the next nine years I spent day after day reminding myself that God sees all and God knows my heart.

The key to surviving the difficult changes and the winter seasons is to remember that “this too shall pass.” Because change is inevitable.

The second key is to remember that even when everything around us seems to be falling like the leaves off the trees, God remains the same. He is the one constant that never changes.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Just like each season in the physical world has a purpose, so does each season in our lives.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Winter is a time of rest and restoration. Spring is a time of new life and refreshing. Summer is a time of sowing and growth. Autumn is a time of reaping the harvest.

Ask Yourself:

What purpose is this season in your life serving?

Are you resting? Is God working something new? Are you growing? Is it a season of gathering or success?

Whatever season you are in, how are you handling it?

Are you allowing God to work a change in your heart? Are you fighting against it?

Are you in denial of a loss? Are you celebrating a harvest?

Do you trust God to see you through the change?

Pray:

Father, thank You for seeing me through the seasons of life. I know that with You by my side, I have nothing to fear or worry about. You will never change, no matter how much the world around me does. And in that I can put my trust.

Join the Conversation:

What season are you in? Is the change difficult or easy? What can we celebrate with you, even in the midst of the changes?