You’ve probably heard the following adage: What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. I’ve also heard our past can make us bitter or better. So, it seems to me that there are two ways to look at all of our past trials and how they prepare us for the future.
I can choose between fear and faith.
Regarding cancer and Dave’s death…
Fear could say something like: “Well, that was terrible! How many more awful things am I going to have to endure? What’s coming next? Woe is me!” As you might guess, it could quickly turn into a downward spiral…
Thankfully, I kicked fear to the curb long ago.
Instead, I choose to see all I’ve gone through with eyes of faith.
Faith says, “Wow, that was rough! But look how God brought me through! I’m still standing! God won’t waste my pain… I can’t wait to see how He uses this for His glory and my good!”
Fear points out all the problems in my life—the cannots, the impossibilities. Fear rejects outside help, reinforcing that I am all alone in my struggle.
Faith points me to Jesus—with whom nothing is impossible. Faith accepts His power and grace—with Him, I can do all things!
Fear keeps me from moving forward, saying “maybe later.” Fear hinders growth.
Faith unlocks courage, never-ending potential, and adventure. As I pursue new possibilities, I am empowered. The joy of the Lord is my strength!
Fear reminds me of everything I am not. Faith repeats what God says, who I am in Christ.
Fear is crippling, but faith makes me hold my head high with confidence—not in my abilities, but in His.
Fear is often rose-colored glasses, remembering what was. Faith acknowledges the pain and grief, yet clings to Jesus for what can and will be.
Fear can be a cop-out and brings condemnation. Faith calls me out and requires grit.
Fear gives up easily, due to exhaustion and worry. Fear never sees a reward or goodness.
Faith takes endurance, yet yields expectation and wonder. Faith pays off in the end.
Fear is subtle. I never realized its hold on me—until all my worst fears came true.
Fear is not from God. Yet, He used those terrible experiences to teach me that I don’t have to choose fear. Jesus set me free with His unfailing love and grace!
My Victory did not come easy. It was a tough lesson to learn. Indeed, I have suffered major losses with long-term impact. I’m grateful nonetheless.
“See, God has come to save me.
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
The Lord God is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.” (Isaiah 12:2)
Heavenly Father, thank You for the Victory we have in Jesus! Thank You that we don’t have to live in fear. Forgive us for our unbelief and help us walk in faith. Help us trust you for good things ahead! In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Questions: Which do you tend to choose most often: Fear or faith? Are there some changes you need to make?
Tasks: Don’t be afraid! Our past challenges and present circumstances do not disqualify us from a good future. Jesus makes all things new! He forgives us and gives us new opportunities. Choose faith!