By Pastor Royston Smith
Though not naturally a fearful person, the events of the past few months have severely dented my confidence. I am often deemed optimistic; yet I find myself preparing for the worst. I am fretful about my life, my age, my only child, the state of the world and what the next few weeks are going to bring. There are days when I experience such emotional turmoil that I struggle to enjoy the peace and presence of God.
The American Psychological Association (APA) Dictionary of Psychology describes fear as a “basic, intense emotion aroused by the detection of imminent threat, involving an immediate alarm reaction that mobilizes the organism by triggering a set of physiological changes.” If left unchecked, fear and panic can lead to increased stress levels and eventually compromise one’s health.
Fear is one of the main weapons Satan employs to prevent us reaping the benefits of the good life God has planned for us. When I moved to London in 2019, I had visited the phlebotomist for a blood test. Three days later the nurse called me to arrange an urgent meeting with the doctor as the results were of concern. I was instantly overcome with fear. After repeating the test, I was given a clean bill of health. How much more terror I would have felt if the second test had confirmed the suspected cancer. It is natural to feel fearful when our health seems under threat. Satan wants us to doubt God’s love and protection. “For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isaiah 41: 13). God’s peace is just what the doctor ordered. Accepting God’s help is the medicine for fear! God is our only help and He brings hope.
Like any devoted parent, I am concerned about the world I will leave behind for my daughter. Will she be safe? How do we equip her to navigate the inevitable challenges? I know I can and must leave her in the care of her Heavenly Father. If I am so passionate about my own child, then how do you think God feels about you? God even knows how many hairs are on your head! God is immortal and nothing is impossible with Him. Whatever your situation, know that He is the answer.
When gripped by fear, Deuteronomy 1:30–31, provides a sense of calm. Just read what God says about you:
“The Lord our God will lead the way. He will fight on our side, just as he did when we saw him do all those things to the Egyptians. And you know that the Lord has taken care of us the whole time we’ve been in the desert, just as you might carry one of your children.”
God is bigger than our anxieties, difficulties and fears. He knows your needs even before you recognize or acknowledge them. He already has the solution, just ask. “You shall not fear, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22).
Father God, you are bigger than my fears. I’m giving them to you, please fight for me and give me peace. Amen