Fear

Fear is a thief.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” But although we have this commendation from the Lord, sadly so many of God’s people live lives of fear and anxiety. What if I lose my job? What if my health takes a bad turn? What are my kids doing right now? (Well, that one maybe we should worry about!)
 
But why do we live in fear? Our fear is a result of our fragile existence. As we have traveled through life, we have all learned that regardless of our money, strength, or ingenuity, we are all subject to the same limitations. Let one major catastrophe take place, such as Hurricane Harvey, and we are instantly reminded of these limitations. One trip to the doctor and our life can be drastically changed. One downturn in the economy and our life savings can be diminished. And so we live in fear of the “what ifs” of life and rob ourselves of the enjoyment of peace. (Matt 6:25-30)
 
As a child of God, I can live a life absent of fear. Not that I will never experience moments of fear and trepidation, but I can know with a clear certainty that all the affairs of my life have been ordered by God. My life is not up to me and my abilities, but is left in the hands of Divine Providence. Though many today feel as though they have no need of God, the reality is that each day is a gift from Him and we should thank him for it. Let us not let fear rob us of this comfort and blessing.
 
– Pastor Crawford