F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real. We live in a 92-year-old bungalow-style home. In my son’s room there is a large walk-in closet, and when my kids were young, that little room was just large enough to hide something scary that could come out only at night when the lights were out. And the door was often “barred” after dark to keep the scary things inside. There was never anything dark and scary in our closet, but the little noise, or slight creak of the closet door in the breeze brought False Evidence Appearing Real to my young children!
As my kids grew up, the closet became just that–a closet to hang clothes in and throw all manner of sports equipment about. Now, I am afraid to clean it! We all laugh at the imaginary things we feared in our childhood. My kids still laugh about the closet and everything that was placed in front of the door at nightfall. But there are real fears that we all face in life, and we must learn to move forward even when we feel fear or we may never fulfill our life’s callings.
Our loving Father reminds us at least 365 times in His Word NOT to fear. But how do we stop feeling fear? The truth is we don’t. Fear is an emotion and can benefit us in the right situations, even protecting us from harm. But the Lord does tell us–once a day– not to let fear control us or stop us from doing what is right if we feel fear.
Isaiah 41:13 is one beautiful example for us of how God wants to comfort us when we feel fear: “For I the Lord your God hold your right hand, I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!” (Amplified Bible) In this one scripture it says God speaks to us and holds our hand–what comfort this brings! With so many scriptures that speak against the control of fear, there is surely one that can speak to you in whatever you are facing today. Trust God, move forward and fear not, He will be with you!