That night, the worship team that I lead was going to have our very first practice together and I was extremely eager to meet up with them. Just when I was thinking we would surely have an awesome time of practice together, I was unexpectedly invited to a ‘show parade.’ Let me elaborate, that day while I was in my army camp, we had a parade where our bearings had to be in a tip-top condition and if we failed in any aspect during the inspection, we would have to stay back in the camp till 10pm that day for a ‘show parade.’ My team’s practice was at 9.30pm and I could not afford and did not want to miss it. But to my horror, I had failed the inspection because of a small mistake.
“What should I do?” “Should I get somebody to stand in my place for the show parade and sneak out?” “Should I just cancel the worship practice that I had prepared so hard for?” All these thoughts of fear began to run through my mind and clouded my head that I lost sight of God’s truth and presence in my life.
Then came an announcement, “The show parade tonight has been postponed.”
“What?” I thought in my head. “Did I hear that correctly?”
By the time I heard the announcement, I had probably already gone through a dozen ways to deal with my situation, yet in the end, everything turned out fine. Being consumed by fear had triggered my natural reaction of thinking of a solution to the problem by my own means. When we are seized by fear, life becomes overwhelming and the promises of God are thrown out the window. I was using my reasoning and logic to think of a way to solve the issue and I completely forgot that God does not work in such a way. We often look towards what is seen, but God works in the unseen. It does not mean that God doesn’t want us to use logic, but He wants us to remember that no obstacle is able to hinder Him for He is the God of miracles.
When Moses sent the spies into Canaan to gather information for the people of Israel, fear of the looming giants became much greater than any of the blessings Canaan had to offer. Although they obediently gathered fruit from the land, their report focused on all the seemingly impossible obstacles they faced.
Numbers 13:27-28, 32-33 (NIV)
27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.
28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
The Israelites were so fearful that they began to exaggerate the situation and forgot God’s promise to give them the land of Canaan. No matter what the problem may be, we should always remember that God’s Word is final. Can you imagine anyone going against God and telling Him that His way isn’t going to work? If the Israelites had truly trusted God’s promise, even their enemies in Canaan shouldn’t have been a threat to them. God was going to give Israel the Promised Land, just as He had said to Abraham hundreds of years before.
A favorite verse of mine is Romans 8:28 (NIV),
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This verse reminds me that I can trust that God will take care of anything that I am facing and it is all part of His plan for me. I may see things from a narrow perspective and that makes me short-sighted, but thank God HIs ways are higher than mine, He sees things beyond the way that I see them and He is always seeking to mold me into a better person.
Fighting off fear may seem easier said than done, but there are a few things we can remember that will help us:
– God’s truth stands forever, so recall what His Word says regarding your situation and hold on to it firmly.
– God’s presence is a comfort to us and reminds us we are never alone; He is by our side through the storms of life.
– God promises to provide us with His all-sufficient grace for every trial that comes our way.
– We are God’s children, so when we cry out to Him, He inclines His ear and listens to our prayers.
– God is the same yesterday, today and forever, His faithfulness to us assures us that we can trust in Him.
– God’s love for us is beyond anything that we can comprehend and that is sufficient for us to let go and let God take control.
One more point that all of us should take away from today is that, each day has enough trouble of its own, worrying about tomorrow will not help us in our problem nor will it add even a second to our life, so don’t worry about anything, as God is in control.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, You are so good to me that You don’t give me what I want, but rather You give me what’s best for me. Thank You for reminding me that although the trials that I face may seem so overwhelming and huge, Your Word is final and no one can say ‘no’ when You say ‘yes’. I am thankful I need not succumb to fear because I know what Your promises say. Thank You that Your presence comforts me through the storms in my life. Take over my life, I surrender to You, make me more like You, Jesus! In Your Name, I pray. Amen.”