When I begin to feel fear, there are three principles I focus on:
- Most of what we fear never happens.
- When it does happen, it’s usually not as bad as we feared
- If it is as bad as we feared (or worse), God can grant the peace and strength we need to work through it.
Many fears come from unfounded worry. You probably remember having a fear of going to the doctor or dentist. Most fears come from the unknown things we might face. It doesn’t help to focus on what might happen to you someday. If something you fear does happen, turn to the Lord.
Two years ago I was hit with such pain that I called an ambulance. The next thing I remembered was waking up a week later in an ICU. A man I didn’t know kept saying ”You have to work with me if you want to live.” I did, and I’m still here. The most powerful part of this was a sense of peace that was with me through the next few weeks in the hospital and to this day.
I am convinced that the presence of the Lord surrounds us, even if we are not immediately sensing it. God never gives us more than we can endure. He is always with us, and in a special way in crisis.
Fear not, for I am with you;be not dismayed, for I am your God;I will strengthen you, I will help you,I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10