Friday, March 12, 2010

Are You Afraid?

Fear is a natural feeling...but it is what we call "a secondary emotion."  It is not a primary emotion.  Something always starts first, that leads to fear.  A thought takes root in our minds, which leads us to the secondary feeling of fear.  Sometimes this thought takes root in less than a second; such as when someone or something startles you, or a strange noise in the night.  Other times, the thought is built over a life-time of improper thinking or "lie-believing."

Regardless, often times our fears lead us to the "fight or flight" response...that urge to either run away as fast as we can, or stand and fight.  When we get to this point, sometimes we end up hurting those who are most trying to help us...such as the lifeguard who tries to save a drowning person, only to encounter someone who doesn't seem capable of receiving such help.  But there is a third option to fighting or fleeing; waiting.

13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14)

Pause for a moment and answer this question;
- Is there something in your life that causes you anxiety, something from which you're trying to fight or flee, and is it possible God is calling you to wait on Him?

More often than not, I find that my efforts to help myself are often not the remedy.  Usually, the remedy involves me stopping, being still, praying, and listening...and yet these are things that don't come naturally to me.  I am impatient, and don't like "waiting" on God.  And yet when I move ahead of Him I only dig the hole deeper.

What is something in your life that you're facing, where God might be saying to you, "Relax.  It's not your fight, it's mine.  Remain in me, and wait for my deliverance."

Sometimes God does call us to action and in those moments may we not hesitate, but act courageously.  Other times though, He calls us to wait on Him, and to take courage knowing the battle is His.

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