There are times when life’s circumstances seem to jump out at me in a way that leaves me frightened, confused and all alone. I find myself struggling to make sense out of my life and the world I live in. All around me people are experiencing fear, doubt and confusion; nothing makes sense and life seems uncertain and all hope seems gone.
During life’s uncertainties, my default response, is fear. Now, with that said, I do not stay in fear–I just seem to go there first and then eventually I dig my way out. Does that sound at all familiar to you or is this struggle mine alone?
I’ve come to discover, when I’m living in fear, there is something I am believing that is not true. I’m reminded how critical it is to identify truth and discard any lies that I do believe. These are the very lies that leave me trembling in fear and confusion. Yet, there are times when these lies actually feel as if they are the truth, and the truth feels like the lie. I’m realizing that just because it feels true, that doesn’t make it true. To regain my balance and perspective, I must ask myself several questions: What lie am I believing? What is the truth? Where must I go to find the truth?
Today, I once again struggle with this whole issue of fear and find myself digging through God’s word–the Bible–looking for what He has to say. I’ve decided the voice within my head that makes me fear is not the voice I want to listen to and certainly not the voice I want to believe! As I dig into His word, I realize, I’m looking for my Father’s voice. I need to hear what He has to say, not the world’s version of the truth, but what does my Father say? He is the one I want to listen to, He is the one I want to believe, He is the one that will calm me and take away my fear as I lean in and listen to His voice.
His voice is the voice of truth and not lies; love not fear; hope not hopelessness; conviction not condemnation; grace, mercy and acceptance not judgment and performance; unconditional love not selfishness; life-giving not death-giving; encouragement not discouragement. These are the things spoken by my Father. When the world around me is falling apart before my very eyes, His voice is the one that brings back my balance and perspective and removes my fear and replaces it with His perfect love.
Yes, life’s circumstances are forever changing and uncertain. But, if we are listening to His voice, our fears begin to calm and we are reminded of His ever-present help in times of trouble and His constant and faithful love. Then we shall remember–He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. He holds us by our right hand, we do not need to be afraid. Our hope is in Him and Him alone–He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice and His unfailing love surrounds us!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Hebrews 13:6
For I hold you by your right hand — I, the Lord your God. And, I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. Isaiah 41:13
We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:20-22
Contrast of voices from Barbara Moon’s blog “Joyful Musings on Thoughts We Have”
“The Truth About Lies and Lies About the Truth” by David Takle
Contact: Kiki @ DancingWithGod@charter.net