Worry, Fear, Anxiety Or Faith, Love & Peace
"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Deuteronomy 30:19
Ultimately, everything in life comes down to a matter of choices. On it’s face that statement can seem to be cold and heartless. It seems to lay the responsibility for everything that happens in our lives squarely at our feet. But in the real world where you and I live we know that nothing is ever that black and white.
Real life is about our choices but it’s also about the choices of others that affect us outside of our control. It’s also about what seems to be the caprice of nature, weather related disasters and climate restrictions, our genetics, who our parents are, where we are born, the indoctrinations or teaching we’ve been exposed to as children. All of these we don’t determine by our choices.
But we are not victims, neither are we gods or demi gods. We are human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, but fallen from that lofty likeness by sin that has rendered us vulnerable and weak in the face of all things that lead to death. The very first emotion that Adam expressed after he disobeyed God and brought death on himself was fear.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:6-10
Worry, fear and anxiety were stamped on the DNA of all mankind from that moment and continue with him to this day. It is our natural state of life to be fearful, but fear has torment and can never resolve our problems, change our circumstances or bring us the peace that we also naturally desire, because that was our first state with God. Fallen from that state we always desire to be restored to it. Still resident on our DNA is the memory and desire to be reunited in right relationship with God our Creator.
This is the fundamental human dilemma. We all need love, we all want peace and the only pathway to them is faith in God, faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and faith in His Word by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. This is God’s gift to us. And it has been given to every man.
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
Yes. We do have a choice in this. And this choice is one we must make daily. In the face of temptation we must choose to resist the devil and he will flee from us. In the face of lack and want we must choose to confess His Word that says, God will supply all our need. In the midst of fear we must choose the peace of God that passes all understanding. Choosing peace is choosing to believe that God is with us and because He is with us whatever happens we are going to come through and we are going to come through without fear. Thoughts come and go and at times they can linger especially while we are waiting for the results of some medical test or a decision about a job, or if something lost can be found. There are any number of things that can trigger fear, but none of them can withstand the peace of God when we pray in the midst of them.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6
Love, we always have from God, though understanding that love is not always apparent to us. It is more fundamentally understood the more we read, meditate and speak His Word from our hearts, the more we gather with those of like faith and the more we commune with the Father in the Spirit.
We also need human love and the Word admonishes us to not feign or be dismissive of affection, greeting one another with a holy kiss, that is, with the convention of human touch and embrace.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Romans 12:9-10
“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” 2 Corinthians 13:12
[Also Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 1Thessalonians 5:26]
God wants us to know and experience both, His love and the love of one another in Him. But, as with peace and faith we must make a choice to give and to receive love. When we do, God will honor our choice and help us in the times when momentarily our faith may wane or fears try to enter in.
Here’s the good news. God helps us to do what we need to do. The Holy Spirit is with us to prompt in us the better way. Worry, fear and anxiety may come for a brief moment but we do not have to entertain them or give them place in our lives. We have a promise from our Lord Jesus that we can resist these enemies of our faith and they will flee from us.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
We are the forgiven, righteous, beloved children of God. We have nothing to fear from the enemy of God. We have all of Heaven backing us up and all the host of angels sent to be our ministers, [Hebrews 1:14] to work the will of God in our lives, to defend us against the evil works of darkness. We are not victims without recourse nor are we just children waiting helplessly for someone to rescue us. NO!
We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord. [Romans 8:35-39] Nothing can separate us from His Love and nothing can defeat us when we rest our faith in Him. The choice is ours and God is always helping us to make the right one.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13