All my childhood fears were put down to an unconscious, fleeting, crazy phase of my childhood. I would Wake up in the middle of the night with the conviction that this nightmare was not a dream, that a huge tumor was growing inside me, that there was a monster outside the door that was going to kill me.
Stumbling, sobbing, and unresponsive to the reality of my surroundings, I ran to my parents ‘ bedroom, spending the next few hours there, during which they tried in vain to calm me down once again. Fortunately, my parents didn’t go mad until the moment my panic incidents stopped. The fear phase was over, and for the next ten years, my nightmares didn’t haunt me.
And then I came to believe in Christ. Life has become good, new love, new friends, everything is cool, in short. And children’s fears? They’re back. They just got scarier.
I began to fear that God was taking into account all the blessings that he had given me, and at some point, they would end, and one day he would say to me, “Enough of this!» I met each blessing with disbelief, being convinced that it would not last long. And the longer it lasted, the more terrified I became that the end was near.
In order to see how small our fears of the greatness of God are, we need to voice these fears
When everything is going well, we don’t want to give up the ability to control our lives, and when difficulties arise, we suddenly remember that we never really had that opportunity. Then comes fear, and then comes the moment of choice: pretend that there is no fear, or trust God in the midst of chaos.
Pastor Matt Chandler says: “The worst thing you can do with fear and anxiety is to convince yourself that you are too strong to have them. The best thing is to let God do everything. Because He’s already in charge of everything. And in It you will find peace and quiet.”
We avoid the belief that God will give us comfort and resort to anything else that we think will put us out of fear forever. Inevitably, however, our “fear medications” – Hobbies, addictions, and idols – do even more damage. And at this very moment, God is begging us to trust in Him, His goodness, and place our fears in His hands.
When we end our run and trust God with our worries and fears, three important things happen:
1. We have the courage to hear the answers to all our prayers, spoken in fear.
Saying to God, “I’m so afraid that something bad is going to happen,” is also scary, because God has every reason to say to you, “So what if it happens?»
But ignoring this question will not change God’s plans. We are not playing hide-and-seek with God. We can pretend for as long as we want that there is no fear, God’s will not change.
In order to see how small our fears of the greatness of God are, we need to voice these fears. We learn that our fear is smaller than God’s grace. When we voice our fears out loud, we realize that they have no effect on God’s scriptural promises to his children.
If we stop hiding from His answer, we understand that God is the Almighty, who answers questions with all authority. In the light Of his goodness, the question “what if something terrible happens?” sounds like: “If something bad happens, I’m still the King, and you’re still mine.”
In his goodness, God takes the fear out of our worst nightmares, because He knows the end of the whole story.
2. Our fears are much less frightening.
The attacks of fear get worse when you start to get scared of the attacks themselves.
Jesus tells us that it will be hard, we will be afraid, and we will fail. But He also urges us not to lose heart, because He has conquered this world. When Jesus claimed victory, he made no reservations about the fact that everything was defeated except our fears.
He didn’t say: “Run from me, let’s pretend that your fears don’t exist.” On the contrary, He says: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened. And I will comfort you.”
In his goodness, God takes the fear out of our worst nightmares, because He knows the end of the whole story. And his calmness gives us peace.
3. Joy becomes natural.
When we come face to face with our fears, the natural response is to run away. But if we shift our attention from fear to God at that moment, we will have the desire to fight. And our main and sharpest weapon is joy.
By refusing to deny the existence of fears in our hearts, we begin to transmit them to God, and this changes our instincts. We choose to fight with the help of hope-fueled joy. The hope that everything is provided for by the Creator, even our fears. A hope that leads us to the foot of the cross, where thoughts that frighten us lose their power over us, and where we find joy and peace.
God gave us promises of freedom and comfort at the very beginning of the Bible; we only need to ask for them from Him. The more often we hear His promises, the easier it becomes to trust Him. After all, He had proved his loyalty.