“They may kidnap my child”
“They won’t watch my baby as well as I could”
“We might get robbed.”
“There’s so many diseases.”
“What if the health care isn’t good enough?”
Fear. One of the biggest things that keep people from serving the Lord is fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the known. It doesn’t really matter, but if the Devil can use it to keep you from whole-heartedly serving God, he will use it.
You may sit in your house on the mission field, fearful to even walk down the street because someone in the neighborhood got robbed while out walking. You will see on the news all the break-ins in your city and you start thinking that they are coming after you next. Is it ok to let this fear go uncontrolled? No! You have to deal with it! God has called you to a place to serve Him and wherever it is, He will not be able to use your family like He could, if you are letting every decision be based on your fear.
How will you learn the language if you can’t leave your child with a sitter? How will you go to the market for groceries if you are fearful you will be robbed there? How will you drive in your city if you are fearful of all the other crazy drivers? How will you minister to people in your home if you are afraid your child may catch some kind of disease from them? To all these questions, the answer is YOU CAN’T. You can’t have a ministry if you are constantly battling fears, and pretty soon, those fears will turn into discontentment of the place where God has called you, and before long, that discontentment turns into discouragement and depression. You know you don’t want to go down that road, so start now to deal with your fear.
I want to give you a couple thoughts on how to deal with your fears.
- Your fear is simply NOT TRUSTING in a holy, loving God! Psalms 56:11 – “In God have I put my trust,I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” II Tim. 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Do you really think that God is pleased with you are not trusting in Him? How would you feel if your child was constantly afraid around you and didn’t trust you to take care of him? Just imagine you are in the car driving and your child is in the backseat screaming because he is afraid you are going to wreck. That may be hard to imagine because most children do trust their parents. Where is our child-like faith? Why can’t we trust in our heavenly Father to take care of us and our family? Faith cancels out fear. Have more faith in our great God!
- The next time you have those thoughts (the ones I listed at the top of this blog post), ask yourself, “Where are these thoughts coming from?” II Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (This should be the life verse for many missionary wives.) Some thoughts are put into our head by the Devil himself. We should “bring into captivity” those thoughts. Interestingly the Bible talks a lot about our thought life. So if we should cast out certain thoughts, what do we replace them with? Phil. 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virture, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
- Lastly look at the result of having these faithless thoughts. Read Psalms 73:28 – “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.” Do you see a pattern here? Before we can declare HIS works, we must DRAW near to God and TRUST in Him. DRAW NEAR, TRUST, then DECLARE. There may never be any wonderful works that God does because of you, if you are so fearful, you don’t allow Him to use you. Get over the fear and start reaping the blessings.
I could tell you that many times on the mission field, I have feared MANY things (namely all the ones I listed above), but I had to learn to trust in God. And one day, when the thing I feared the most did come to pass, I found that amidst that “horrible” event, that I didn’t have any fear! When they put a gun to my head and told me to get down on the floor, I really didn’t even see the gun because I was awed that God was actually talking to me in that very moment. They were screaming, “Bajate al piso!” (Get down on the floor!) but I was hearing God whispering in my ear, “Everything is going to be ok.” And amazingly in that moment…..I trusted Him. I believed that everything was going to be ok, because God told me so. Whether we lived or died, everything was going to be ok. It was like God was letting me know, “Hey, I know what’s going on; I’m here right beside you and I will get the glory out of this.” I could go on and on about this, but that would be for another blog post, so we will just stop with this: LET GO OF YOUR FEAR AND JUST TRUST IN OUR ALL-MIGHTY GOD!