Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Being Afraid

Over the last few weeks, I have seen more people with disabilities. Some were crippled and walked with a limp; some have Down Syndrome. Over the weekend, we ate lunch next to a family who had an adult Down Syndrome child with them. Couple that with hearing more news about birth defects for women in their mid 30s having children. I admit, I'm scared. Not that I wouldn't or couldn't love a child with any of the above, but it makes me think "Why have I been allowed to have two perfectly healthy children? Could I handle a child like this if God sees fit?" Satan is playing on my fear and I'm having a hard time with it.

Is Satan using fear to grip you about something? Perhaps it is the fear of getting bad news from the doctor, fear of losing your stable job, fear that you're marriage is breaking up, just name your fear. Since this has bothered me so much (and to be honest, I don't know why), I've had to start studying what the Bible says about fear. Psalm 112:7-8 says, "I am not afraid of receiving bad news; my faith is strong and I trust in the Lord. I am not worried or afraid." Luke 12:32 says, "I will not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, for it is my Father's good pleasure to give me the kingdom." I have been repeating these verses over and over, out loud, for the last few weeks. I even went so far as to write them down, put them on my wall in my office next to a picture of my sonogram. Satan is hearing me say these verses and he doesn't like it.

So whatever fear you may have in your life now, do as the Psalmist says: "trust in the Lord." I believe God will honor our faith in our times of anxiety.


BarbC said...

Wonderful thoughts on battling fear. I spent a chunk of my adult life trapped in a stronghold of fear and anxiety and the way I broke free was doing exactly what you suggest. I found verse after verse after verse that deals with fear and I wrote them on cards and carried them with me. When fear rose up, out they came... and very soon I knew most of them by heart. I took God at His Word and found that it is indeed alive and active! One of my absolute favorites is short, but full of truth. Ps. 34:4 "I sought the Lord and He ansered me; He delivered me from all my fears!" You just keep on trusting in the Word! Barbara

Sara said...

If you ever think that the Lord doesn't use you, think again. Wanted to share something with you. Check out "Stealing Joy" entry on my blog.