Lately as I’ve been dealing with fears, I see that many of them have to do with fear of the future. When I think of family and finances, worries about what will happen in these two realms can plague me.
When I think of politics and employment, it’s the future of both that can cause me to get strangled by what ifs.
When I contemplate my church life and my writing life, it’s fear about the future of these two entities that can cause me to want to give up hope on both and consider pursuing a path of self-gratification instead.
As I pondered my battle with fear of the future, God whispered a truth to me–that these fears generally don’t originate with me. He brought me back to the Y2K scare where Christian groups I was a part of were in a panic about crises that would happen when the year 2000 arrived. They talked about stocking up on food and buying generators. Often they reprimanded me for doing nothing and for not joining them in being afraid. But I was convinced there was nothing to fear. Still they wanted me to “catch their fear.”
The same goes on these days with politics and finances. Christians try to convince me Democrats are ruining the financial world and the world in general. They insist I must do something–at the very least be very afraid. Rarely do they tell me to do the thing God has called us to do.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” 2 Timothy 2:1-3
I confess I’ve sometimes succumbed to fears that orginate with others–even though I believe God is in control and will lead me through any difficulties that may arise. And yes, He may call me to do something, but out of obedience, not fear. Also, hard times can cause people to become more hungry to receive Jesus as their Savior , which is a good thing.
Now that I’m aware of this passing on of fears, I’m better able to resist it. One way is to delete certain emails and avoid various TV and radio programs. I also change the subject or say, “Let’s pray about that.”
God wants me to stay focused on Him and not on problems in the world or in my family or church family, or at my job or in my writing life. Repeatedly He reminds me of this verse:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV.
Often I tell those who try to pass along fears that I believe God is in control, and nothing man does can change what God has planned–either for me, the body of Christ, or our nation. I remind them God has taken care of His own all these years, and He’s not going to stop because of what someone is doing in Washington or anywhere else in the world.
And I hold to what my 6-year-old granddaughter, Destiny, said to me one day, “I will not let fear ruin my life.”
Is there someone in your life that is trying to pass along fear to you? Determine to deal with the situation God’s way.