2016-04: Reacting in Fear or Responding in Faith
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“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Heb 12:12-14

Most of us at some point in our life will face a challenge that causes us to wonder who we are, what we’re doing and why. We may revisit these questions numerous times throughout our lifetime as change, challenges or inner disquiet present themselves.

It doesn’t matter where I go, to whom I am speaking, which context I am in, at the core of each and every person and organisation rests these questions. We can answer these questions out of faith, or we can answer out of fear. Likewise, we then respond to the things of life with fear, or we respond with faith.

Fear keeps us short. Small. Trapped. Constricted. Fear is an elastic band that only pulls inwards. It causes us to react more than respond. This is not how God has created us to operate.

Conversely, faith lengthens, strengthens and releases us. It is an elastic band that stretches and propels us upwards and outwards.

The feeling of fear is not the problem; living life from and reacting to life from fear is. Fear alerts us to a potential problem. Note: A potential problem. It does not always tell us the truth. It’s a warning system. From that signal, we have an oppor-tunity to distinguish what is truth, fact, feeling; what is rational and what is irration-al. From there we can assess options on what to do. Constantly making decisions reacting to and based upon anxiety and fear will hurt us and those around us. Re-actionary, fearful living is where the enemy would like to keep us. Small. Contained. Constrained.

God has called us to faith-full living. Faith-filled people still feel fear, however they look to respond rather than react. They choose to not allow fear to dictate to them. Rather, choosing to stretch up and out to God, they seek Him and rely on Him to guide them through the feelings of fear and into God’s truth, direction and victory. Faith-filled people seek to allow the Lord’s perspective to guide their decisions and responses.

Think of the decisions you’ve made in the last day, week, month. How many were made from the basis of and as a reaction to fear? How many of your decisions were made after handing the fear to God, and then allowing faith to fill and lead you?

This past week I’ve been noodling on a new song. Currently title-less, it is based on the above Scripture from Hebrews.

The chorus currently goes like this: 

So strengthen up those feeble hands

And brace those quaking knees.

Lift high your arms of might!

Encourage the weak of heart

And clear a level path -

The Victor is coming through!

He has come through, and He is coming through

For you.

The enemy of our soul, and the society in which we live, tries to keep us Jesus-followers quaky, shaky and feeble - out of kilter and out of peace with God, with ourselves, and with those around about us. To strengthen and brace ourselves we need to lean in to the Saviour - the Victor - hearing His heartbeat and breathing in His Ruach (Spirit, breath), rather than our relying on our own intellectualism, strength and self-help. It’s only then that we are better able to live life as a res-ponse to faith, rather than a reaction to fear. 

Faith enables a level path for our feet so we can walk with God-confidence and peace, and enables us to help others walk with God-victory and health as well. So, if you’re feeling a bit quaky, shaky and feeble at the moment, lean on the everlasting tower of strength (Prov 18:10), be inspired by His unshakability, and look to His light to lead you beyond fear, to faith.

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