4. Trust God and Don’t Give in to Fear
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Sometimes we allow our fear to block our fellowship with God. Fear can hold us back and accentuate the obstacles in life. It can overwhelm us.
We may have a fear of change—like moving, or losing a job. Or maybe there’s a fear of failure, being alone, or death. There may even be anxiety from cultural events that we can’t control.
Can you think back to the times fear caused you to be ineffective and powerless? Fear is a problem of self-reliance and we find ourselves saying, “I can handle it myself.”
I recall the account of King Jehosophat. One day he heard that there was a vast army coming against him and the people of Judah. Helpless and fearful, the king said to God, his leader, “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).
The king and all the people from Judah and Jerusalem came together to seek the LORD for help. Then the LORD used the Levite Jahaziel, who was among them, to respond to their pleas.
Jahaziel said, “This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s’ ” (2 Chronicles 20:15). Then Jahaziel gave them instructions on what they were to do the next day. The people, trusting God for what He was going to do, rejoiced, and honored Him.
The men of Judah marched toward the vast army, but they did not need to fight this battle. They came to the place that overlooked the desert and looked toward the huge army. To their surprise, they found that the vast army had already been defeated; the soldiers had killed each other.
God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. This is the way of victory.
There may be something that is burdening us just now. We don’t see a way of dealing with it. We can cast our fears and anxieties on the Lord.
Will we pray about it with an anxious heart or with thanksgiving? Someone wisely said, “Worrying prayer defeats its own answer; rejoicing prayer gets through.”
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