Fear is a warning system built into our bodies as a natural reaction to danger. It is healthy to feel fear in the face of danger. It acts like an alarm and prompts us to action. But when fear takes hold of our lives, it turns to worry and anxiety.
Anxiety takes a real danger and changes it to a possible one. Fear becomes a way to focus on the uncertainty of life, rather than the present moment. For example, you could get hit by a car, struck by lightening, lose your money in the stock market, etc. If you fear these things, you become anxious and worried.
This is why God has told us that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. He doesn’t want us held hostage by the possibilities of danger. We can’t live in fear and have joy or peace.
So how do we live without allowing fear to enter our lives? Psalm 46 has answers:
1) Know who God is–He is a very PRESENT help in times of trouble. God is the creator of all things, all powerful, nothing is away from His watchful eye.
2) Know where God is–He in the middle of the trouble, the waters roar, the mountains shake, but God is in the midst. He is not absent in times of trouble. He is present, has not left you alone to deal with life.
3) Get your eyes off the uncertain circumstances–Don’t be moved by the trouble around you. Instead keep your eyes fixed on Him. Circumstances may create fear, but God has control and will walk you through those circumstances. Stay fixed on Him.
4) Remember God is working in the situation–He breaks the bow, cuts the spear, burns the chariots of fire. He will work it all for our good if we love and trust Him.
5) Be still. Wait and listen.
6) Know that He is God. Watch how He moves and works things out. Be amazed by what He does.
7) Worship Him–even before you know the ending, because praise takes care of that heaviness. He is in control and orders your steps.
How do we not live in fear? Know that the Lord Almighty is with us and our helper in times of trouble.