“ForGod has not given us a spirit of fear…” 2 Timothy 1:7
A month ago I heard a bad news from my friend about an accident that happened while the elevator in the building where he was working was being repaired and that accident claimed one of the technicians’ life.
That terrifying news prevented the people from using the elevator not because they are not allowed but because they have become afraid. Otherwise, they could have easily gone up to whatever level of the building they want to. But because they are scared, they would choose to take those tiring steps to go up.
Iremember a line from the movie “Warm Bodies.” It said there, “Every great thinghappens to be a little scary…”
Whatprevents the people to go to their next level? Fear. We get scared because of what we imagine could happen. It whispers the lie that you are unable of things that God hassaid you are able.
Like the life of Gideon from the Bible, when God chose him tosave the people of Israel from Midianites. He used an insignificant person toshow His saving power.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him andsaid, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” Judges 6:12
I couldn’t imagin how Gideon responded to that call afterbeing said that he is a mighty hero when all he can do is to hide in the cavesfrom the Midianites and get frightened for his life. He saw how the Midianiteskill, how they plundered their crops and livestock and how cruel they were.
All his life, fear paralyzed him not to know his full potential that God had bestowed upon him.
In our lives, we have a lot of fears. We have a fear offailure, rejection, being judged, changed and getting hurt or any of thecircumstances that we are afraid of. It’s hard to look forward to what you areexpecting you will be because you are afraid and it hinders you to go on yournext level.
When Gideon reasoned out to God and belittled his owncapacity, does it mean that inside of him, there’s no hope built when everyonedreamt to be detached from the thralls of the enemies that make them slaves oftheir fears.
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clanis the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entirefamily!” Judges 6:15
Sometimes,we are the ones who judge ourselves and to admit, we are a great enemy of ourlives.
Thiswas my realization that when life punches us with problems we tend to pretendand get scared of what will happen next. We used to do those tiring steps oflife by carrying our fears and worries in life.
Iasked someone of his fear and if there is an instance of giving up. He saysthat the fear of the reality and possibility to beoutrun by time, leaving him the same as he were before, leaving him unchanged. It’s tiring. And it becomes even more tiring when after all theattempts to change, nothing happens, tempting him to stop and give up. Butbecause there is SOMEONE at his back pushing him when the road is gettingrough, it all the more becomes impossible for him to give up.
“Godis a God of change. He loves me enough not to let me REMAIN the way I am.Sooner in His time, I will be what God wants me to be.”
Iwas surprised of the answer and I came into my senses that there is someone inyour lives who sees the best in you, who believes in you, who will be with youwhen problems keep on punching you and above all, a God who helps us in ourweaknesses and strengthened us when we are down.
The Lord answered,“I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving nonealive.” Judges 6:16
TheLord is with you, if you learn how to surrender your fears and worries, He isthere helping us and always present in our needs. Despite the fear whichbarriers you from your next level you can be sure that God is with you as hewas with Gideon. God will enable you to break through your fear making youstronger and braver than before. When fears come your way, when you don’t knowwhat to do remember Gideon, believe on what God sees in you, you are a mightyhero, you are an OVERCOMER!