Fear Isn't Real
Right now on the Internet, you can find the story of a young boy battling brain cancer and the story of his bravery.
The tagline for this new campaign is "Fear Isn't Real" because that's what this little boy believes.
And this got me thinking...is fear real?
My first response was an absolute "yes" because this new semester has me wanting to hide under my blankets in bed because I'm so nervous.
And then I started doing some research.
In the dictionary, fear is "a feeling of distress caused by impending danger." I realized that that's just a long, fancy way of saying that fear is "a lack of trust in what you know."
And that's all fear is. It's a lack of ability to trust that God is here and that He is with us no matter what happens or what goes wrong.
There's a song that I love, and the chorus says,
I cried out with no reply
I can't feel You by my side
So I'll hold tight to what I know
You're here and I'm never alone
This chorus tells how to beat fear: to hold tight to what we know. Overcoming fear means quite simply trusting in the Lord, the same Lord who died for us and the same One who's with us right now.
Isaiah 41:10 (one of my favorites) says, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God..." This boils down to "Trust in Me, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God."
If the idea of fear is getting the best of me, all I need to do is remember that fear means lacking the trust that God is with us.
So to you: is fear real?
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