By: Jana Greene
Fear is a big, fat bully – the kind that steals our spiritual lunch money. It is lurking in the nooks and crannies of our being, waiting to lunge out and take our provision. And give a big ol’ soul wedgie so we don’t even THINK of ignoring it later.
At first, fear is just trash talk: You can’t do it. You aren’t qualified. You don’t have the smarts/degree/credentials to do it.
But then it becomes a paralyzing barrage of blows.
You’re a failure. You’ve had a failed marriage, failed relationships, failed careers.
You’re too old to start this project. You’re too boring/plain/ordinary.
Fear can result in so many bugaboos: depression, addiction, self-loathing. Inaction.
The bully sounds a lot like the devil, because fear is more tactical than random. Sometimes the strategy is not to destroy, but to distract. God aims to fellowship with us, to feed us on his love and purpose. If we get too distracted by the lies, we never get where we were meant to go.
We never get to enjoy the feast in fulfilling His greater purpose in us.
There are hundreds of verses in the Bible reminding us to “fear not”, but this is one of my favorites:
“People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” – Luke 12:32 (MSG)
My perception is that I don’t have the means to follow God’s purpose for me, but in my heart – where no bully can steal it – is the Holy Spirit. That is truth, fear’s greatest nemesis.
I belong to Christ – why worry for my everyday human concerns? As his Spirit leads me to purpose, I cannot lose. God doesn’t need my success, he longs for my surrender. His will is that I walk past the fear, even when it’s difficult. Even when the bully is loud, he is still a liar.
Expect me at the table, Father God. And thanks for the provision.