Stand Up to Fear

by Joan Clayton

In today's world it seems we are assaulted by evil on every hand. Snipers, terrorists, and other enemies have a lot in common. Honesty, courage, and faith are not in their vocabulary. Selfishness and arrogance becomes the primary motive. The quest for attention motivates their horrific actions, bringing fear and pain. Yet we know something they don't. We walk to a different drumbeat: "You, dear children, are from God, and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" (1 John 4:4 niv).
It would seem there is no safe place in this world. I have great news: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" (Ps. 91:1 niv). This is a picture of peace and safety for the believer.
I well remember the day my grandmother traded her fears for faith once and for all. Faced with life-threatening surgery, she said: "Okay, God, I'm placing all my trust in you and if I die, I can't help it!" Granny's statement made me smile, but she kept that unconditional trust for the remainder of her 92 years. She lived without fear.
An interesting law of physics states "momentum plus velocity equals force." I witnessed a demonstration of this principle while watching our grandsons play football. Some of the smallest lightweight players were a dramatic volatile force running after a great big fullback, tackling him and pulling him down. In a sense, this is what my grandmother did. She not only stood up to her fear, but ran toward it with force and pulled it down. You and I can do that too! "God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea, even if the oceans roar and foam, or the mountains shake at the raging sea. There is a river that brings joy to the city of God, the holy place where God Most High lives. God is in that city, and so it will not be shaken.
God will help her at dawn. Nations tremble and kingdoms shake. God shouts and the earth crumbles. The lord All-Powerful is with us; the God of Jacob is our defender" (Ps. 46:1-7 ncv). A nuclear blast is a haunting fear for some today, but the Bible is clear. Even in the midst of total destruction, He is our eternal refuge.
I read of a man who had an intense fear of death. He also had heart palpitations, which only increased his anxiety. Finally he became so tired of the fear and worrying about it all that he prayed: "Lord, I will not be afraid. If I die, I die, but I refuse to have fear!" At first, it didn't seem to work, but the more he prayed it and said it out loud, the more assured he became. Finally it became a part of him. The palpitations stopped and he lived a long productive life. He met his fear head on. He killed fear with his faith.
Trusting in the One who gave His life as a ransom for many brings rest and peace to the troubled soul. Nothing takes Him by surprise!
Trust in the One who holds your future. His promises are faithful and true. When circumstances look bleak and you think there is no way out, God makes a way out.
Three hundred sixty-five times in Scripture God says "fear not." His Word is true. Stand up to fear!
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