Fear is a tormentor. It distorts our personalities, causes us to behave irrationally, robs us of opportunities and things we hold dear in this life, and even affects our physical bodies. Nobody wants fear in their life…but we all have some.
What are some of your greatest fears right now? How are these fears affecting you emotionally, mentally, physically, and even relationally? What have you done to try to get rid of these fears? I have tried many things, and some things work better than others, but one that works every time is… FAITH.
The Bible tells us not to fear 365 times in the Bible.
That’s one for every day!
Faith displaces fear. Why? Because:
Fear looks at what is in your way, but faith looks at the God Who can make a way!
There is a story in the Bible that is a great example of this. If you can, please stop and read this story in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
What Can We Learn?
The first thing we see is Jehoshaphat’s overwhelming situation.
“…A great multitude is coming against you…and Jehoshaphat feared.”
Fear is a reality for us all. From time to time we all hear reports, like Jehoshaphat did, that causes a bolt of fear to shoot through our system. But what we do with that fear is what determines the outcome.
So, what did he do?
“And he set his face to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast…”
There are many other things Jehoshaphat could have done with his fear – internalized it, lashed out at those around him, or run, but thankfully he did the only thing that would change things –
He sought God.
My church and I are on a 21 day fast right now. We are believing God for some big things.
My wife, Hope, and I just spent time in prayer this morning writing down five big things that are producing fear in our lives, and we set ourselves to seek the Lord.
What are you doing with your fears? I invite you to join us in fasting and prayer. Miss a meal or two per day, set aside distractions, seek the Lord with us so God can do big things in your life!
The Next Important Step…
The next thing Jehoshaphat did was so important. He put God in remembrance of His word. Now you would think that wouldn’t be necessary, as though God doesn’t know His own Book, but this is how God wants us to pray. He gave His word to us on earth so that we could pray it back to Him in heaven, which then releases heaven on earth! And that is exactly what happened.
But before God came through, Jehoshaphat humbled himself even further and confessed:
“We have no power over this great multitude”, and , “we do not know what to do”.
An honest assessment of your present condition is humility. Confess your situation to God, humble yourself, tell Him you can’t do it without Him, then say what they said next:
“But our eyes are on you.”
Where are your eyes? What are you looking at? If you keep your eyes on the problem fear will increase. But if you choose to keep your eyes on God your faith will increase. It is your choice.
I love the end of verse twelve where, after they did all they could do in seeking God, it says they, “stood before the Lord.”
At one point it’s not up to you anymore. It’s all up to God. He either comes through or you’re through!
But God promises us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)
And that is exactly what happened for these folks.
God’s Spirit came upon one of the priests and He gave them divine guidance and promised intervention.
Then what they did next was the most important part of the whole story, and it will be the most important part of yours too –
They believed what God said and He wiped out their enemies.
“Then Jehoshaphat said, ‘Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established. Believe His prophets and you shall prosper.’”
Do you believe what is God saying to you through His Word, prayer, and others? If not, CHOOSE to BELIEVE!
“According to your faith, be it done unto you.” Matthew 9:9
A great man of faith once said, “I can tell you exactly what God is doing in your life. It’s what you are believing Him for!”
Believe God, stand your ground, and watch God come through for you!