But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
There are so many reasons to be fearful. There are so many reasons to run away and hide. But the most precious truth is that all of those reasons don’t matter to the King of Kings. There is only His love that casts out all fear. Christ is King. He has washed away our sins in perfect love so that is all there is. Who am I to dwell in the fear and the struggle? God is good and He has called me precious in His sight. He has called me His child. He has called me to build His Kingdom. So why do I let the anxiety and the doubt creep in?
God loves me. He loves me. I am His. I know these things are true.
When I let the fear grip my thoughts, it feels like He is squishing me under His thumb—like He has put me in impossible circumstances with no way out; but when I let His love fully in, I feel the freedom of His power shaping me and building my endurance to run the race set out before me full of His strength and grace. Why would I ever choose to focus on the fear, then?
It is so easy to slip. It is so easy to stumble. It is so easy to live out of the knowledge of good and evil. It is so easy to feel like I am a disappointment or that I am not worthy or that I am cast aside. But none of these things are true.
God’s plan and provision and truth are perfect. I am exactly where He intends for me to be in this season. I am crossing paths with exactly whom He intends for me to cross paths with. I am struggling in the exact areas He knew I would struggle in. He planned it all; He created me. Now it’s my choice. Will I trust Him in each of these things? Will I surrender control to the Lord in each of these places?
If I grip the control with white-knuckled fists I will drive myself straight into the dirt. But—if I choose to trust and hold all that I have with open hands and a believing heart then I can gracefully step forward into what the Lord has called for me. I can soar on the wings of eagles. I can run and not grow weary. The Lord will continue to renew my strength. There are so many reasons to pour out God’s love. When I look to Him as my source daily, that love will keep bursting out.
- Where are you reacting fearful and anxious to the circumstances you face?
- What truth do you need to cling to in order to provide perspective on your situation?
Lord, keep my eyes on you. Keep Your truth in my thoughts and Your grace in my heart. Help me to turn away from the fear and to focus on Your truth. Amen.
PC3 writer Kayla Daughtridge wrote today’s devotional.