When it comes to being open about my faith like this it can be so very daunting. At the same time, I don’t want to keep the goodness of God to myself, hoarding what I know so well about His faithfulness.
It can have a great impact to share how our faith has changed and grown by trusting God in those moments we could hardly see past the very moment at hand. Life can create a fog around us, disorienting us, and to depend on God to navigate us through that fog is pivotal.
A couple of weeks ago I discussed more why it is important to step out of our comfort zone (see When We Hold Out On Others). Now this week, I will go over a few scriptural tools I have handy in my belt that have helped me to step out even when I have a whirlwind of anxieties surrounding me.
Knowing God is with me always, that I am not doing this life alone, is a monumental fact and reminder alone. In Romans 5:5 Paul tells us “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”. In Romans 8:26 he tells us “the Spirit helps us in our weakness”. So, in those moments when I am struggling ever so much with the anxiety of stepping out of my comfort zone, I can know that God is right there to help me along the way.
Not only is God with me at all times, He is also my shield and my protector. When God delivered David from the hand of Saul, David sang out, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2). “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge…..my stronghold.” I delight in that verse!
Another thing to remember, God is mighty! I love this quote from Edward Welch’s book, “When People Are Big and God is Small”, “Therefore, the first task in escaping the snare of the fear of man is to know that God is awesome and glorious, not other people.” People are not for us to fear or hold up. If our ultimate goal is to glorify God, worry has no rightful place!
Another quote I think is great to reference here is from Warren Wiersbe’s Bible Exposition Commentary in reference to a time Abraham was dealing with fear, “God’s remedy for Abraham’s fear was to remind him who He was: “I am thy shield, and thy exceedingly great reward” (Gen. 15:1). God’s I AM is perfectly adequate for man’s “I am not.”” He goes on to say, “If you spend all your time looking at yourself, you will get discouraged; but if you look to God by faith, you will be encouraged.”
Usually, when I am fearful of what others may think when I speak or act I am too focused on my “I am nots; I am not this; I am not that nor enough of this or that”. The day I read Wiersbe’s quote, “God’s I AM is perfectly adequate for man’s “I am not.””, I broke down in tears. It brightened my heart incredibly! Oh how good is our God!
The next time you feel that tug to pour into someone else, to offer support or shed encouragement, and you feel the pressing weight of fear upon you, remember to look to God in faith. Pray before you speak and trust that however you may be received God is with you.