Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’Isaiah 41:10 (New King James Version)
Fear is a disease that effects every person. It’s symptoms include anxiety, doubt, and worry. In extreme cases, it can cause physical disabilities. Why is it that fear has such a grip on us? The answer lies in our nature of wanting to control things. We want to be safe and secure, and the only way we can think of that this can be done is by trying to control all things around us. However, when we do this, it doesn’t produce peace but instead anxiety and dread. We may be secure now, but what about the future? The things that are to come are variables that are outside our control. What if the system we have in place fails; what if the failsafes that we had created don’t pull through; or what if someone comes to ruin our plans? We become so bogged down by the what ifs that it makes us sick with fear.
We do not have to live this way. There is a cure for the disease of fear. It is in trusting in the One who is in control of all things, the Lord God Almighty. It is in this trust that we have confidence and courage to move forward in our lives and not worry about the unknown variables that the future will hold. In order for this cure to work, there is one thing that we have to do that for most people is very uncomfortable, letting go of control. There is nothing wrong with planning things out, but we must not worry about the outcome. Instead we need to trust in God’s provision and even if the outcome may or may not be to our liking, we can accept it because the Lord knows what we need better than we do.
There is never a time that the Lord is not with us. Only when we are living life contrary to His will does He seem distant when in reality it is we that are far from Him. When we let go of control, the chains of fear are broken from us. We become strengthened knowing that the Lord is on our side and if He is with us, who can be against us? To let the Lord do His work in us requires that we be flexible to His will, basing our life by His standard rather than our own. When we apply this enough, soon our will will coincide with the Lord’s. When that happens, we will have peace.