I'm over at For The Family today talking about 3 common fears that I struggle with and perhaps you do as well.
To experience fear is normal in our fallen world. It has come to mark the lives of all men and women. Some fear things like heights, crowds, or spiders, while others are anxious about their finances or future.
When fear rears its ugly head it causes all kinds of mischief. Fear often obstructs our view of Jesus, forcing our focus onto our circumstances. It can weaken our faith in the goodness and power of God. Fear produces a fog that makes it harder to discern the depth of God’s kindness, the magnitude of his grace, and his crazy love for his people. Fear produces a theological amnesia that makes us forget who God is and what he is like.
Fear is actually a bigger deal than we realize. It has its roots in unbelief. Do you remember that children’s song, “He’s got the whole word in his hands?” If all things really are in the hands of God what do we have to fear?
In my life, and in my friendship with other women, I have seen fear cause great damage in three areas. But where the knowledge of Christ takes root, these fears are overcome and Christians are set free.
No one likes to be alone, not really. While I enjoy a few hours or even a few days of peace and quiet, away from other people, I would never want to be alone all the time or even often. We are created by God for real companionship. Those who are far from family, or don’t have many friends, feel the sting of loneliness. It can make you sad and depressed.
But, remember Jeremiah 23:24:
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.
I love this verse. God gently lifts the head of those who think they are all alone and reminds them that he is closer to them than a brother and more loyal than a best friend. We do not need to fear being alone because God is with us – always. We have someone to talk to and someone who listens to every word we say. Additionally, God has made every Christian a part of his family. Christ is our Savior, and believers are our brothers and sisters. Christ will support us when we are alone, as he calls us into fellowship with himself and his church.