Brave

I am often afraid; terrified; guided by my own thoughts and insecurities; unsure of the future and of the now. My fears crash into me like waves, pounding into my being, over and over and over again.

I attempt to swallow my fears and pretend they aren’t there or distract myself from confronting them; but they often remain. Dark and hollow; swept into the corner of my heart; spreading through my thoughts like wildfire and slowly leaking into my life. They are faithless and consuming, constantly attempting to drag me under with them.

But I refuse to be pulled under.

I refuse to be shaken by my doubts and insecurities, and choose instead to have faith in One who is my anchor in the midst of the waves, keeping me steady and secure, afloat in Truth.

Fear attempts to destroy us; to cripple our faith. It has the ability to blind us from the Truth and shake us to the core, leaving us bewildered, uncertain and empty. But there is One who will not be shaken, and with Him, we will not be moved.

Through it all, we have to choose to trust Jesus; to choose faith over fear and cling to the hope that is an anchor for our souls, through the storm.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”

HEBREWS 6:19

The enemy wants us afraid; he wants us paralysed and stuck in sin and fear so that we focus on ourselves rather than fixing our eyes above the waves, above the storm, and onto Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (HEBREWS 12:1-2). When we let go and trust Him to remake and refine us and when we choose to believe that no matter what happens and no matter what we go through, He is faithful to see us through the storm; He will make us brave.

Through it all, we are told not to fear, but to trust that our lives and dreams, our goals, families, hopes and plans – all that we are – are in God’s hands.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

PROVERBS 3:5-6

I wrestle with this sometimes. It can seem so much easier to believe the lie that I need to be scared of things I don’t understand, rather than trust that my life and my every moment have been lovingly and carefully planned and predestined by the Creator of the universe – the same Creator who wants good for His children and so loved us that He sent His Son to die a painful and brutal death so that He could have a relationship with us.

How could I be afraid when my life lies in the hands of the One who made me?

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

JOSHUA 1:9

Fear suffocates the dreams that God has placed on our hearts and prevents us from stepping out into the fullness of life God intended us to live. It’s not always easy to place everything you love in someone else’s hands, or to hold on to the fact that God is still at work, despite what we might think or see or, at times, even believe. But, God is faithful and He promises never to leave or forsake us; He will make us brave, when our courage fails, if we trust Him through the storm and rely on His strength, rather than our own.

God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (2 TIMOTHY 1:7). Therefore, knowing that God is for us and not against us (ROMANS 8:31) how can we not live life fearlessly?

Everything we are rests in God’s hands. He makes us brave.

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