Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
“He/God” answered, not I (as in me), answered. How often do I pray and then feel that I must now go and try to answer my own prayer? He answers too, not that He just listens. There is a sense of action here. And it is ALL my fears, not just one or some, but all. All the things that make fear grow in my heart He desires to snatch away from me so that I can move about freely.
There is something about fear that is much worse than the actual thing that has happened, or, might happen. The emotion of fear can grip us like a lions jaw and God said, “Satan goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Maybe we need to ask God to deal with our fears more than asking for the thing we want. Fear can feel like glue or quicksand, and sometimes it can be very small things that trip us up. Too often we try to get ourselves out of the sticky thing and yet, God is so very willing to help us as any father would want to help his child out of a pit. Like a tug-of-war, may the Lord pull us away from those fears that seem to keep us in constant struggle.
Think of a yellow sun and the middle is red hot and very intense. Isn’t that how it feels when fear grips our hearts? We feel the intensity of any given threat which is the red hot center. Yellow is said to be an anxious color and often anxiety comes on the heels of fear. When you feel yourself becoming anxious, perhaps ask yourself what you are afraid of. Sometimes when we identify the threat, peace has a chance to pour into our hearts. As we allow God to come to our aid, we mellow out and calm down, both mentally and physically. That does bring a sense of room to roam around rather than being in a tight place.
Jesus told His disciples so many times, “Fear not”…He knows our world today is a fearful place. He understands those things that create anxiety and make us run and hide, or, do things we’d otherwise not do, because we are afraid. Our world moves so fast that often we never take the time to listen to ourselves or the Holy Spirit’s voice. When we are fearful or anxious, we can feel cut up or disconnected from ourselves and others. Being cut up – isn’t that how it feels sometimes when fear is taking us down? We are always trying to put ourselves back together again and yet, that activity can often produce more unrest. Seek the Lord. He wants to help you out of the fear itself!
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” When you are afraid, don’t run away from the source of your help, run “to” Him who cares so much about you. Receive all the grace, provision, rest, and help that you need right in the moment. Don’t wait until you have time to pray, just call on Him whenever fear strikes you and He will surely help you. His love is beyond our comprehension. He loves to love you!