It’s a question that you have probably heard before but have never really applied to your own life. Mostly because the phrase, “living in fear,” likely makes you think of being scared to leave your house or swim with the sharks.
But what if the situation was more like this? Let’s say you walk into the garage and notice a crack in the wall. Instead of making a plan to fix it, you think of everything that could go wrong because of it. You’d like an example? Perhaps water will leak into the house and cause damage or the foundation is weak and the garage could cave in at any given moment. Maybe you think it is going to cost a fortune to fix and all you can do is think about the money you don’t have.
Instead of coming up with a plan to fix it and trust that God is in control, you worry and think about all of the worst case scenarios. You’re basically living in fear.
That is just one example but I think many of us struggle with situations like this in our families, our jobs, and possibly all areas of life. 2 Corinthians 10:5 challenges us to, “take every thought captive” and put it to the test. We need to ask, would God want me to worry about everything and live in constant fear? Or would He want us to grab that thought, and throw it back to where it came from.
We were never promised that the problems in life would disappear, but He did promise to walk with us each step of the way.
Philippians 4:5,6 – 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.