In her Lifeway Bible study “20/20 Seen, Chosen, Sent” Christine Caine touched on fear. She said, “Fear is the greatest killer of purpose and destiny.” I believe she is right on in this statement.
In the spring of 2016 I was wrecked with fear. I lost almost 20 pounds not eating because my stomach was in knots all the time. All of this happened right after I was baptized with the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know my purpose or who I was in Christ and Satan was having a hay day with me. It wasn’t until I ruptured a disk in my back in 2017 that I said no more, I am not living in fear any longer. Fear was killing me, literally. But the truth is. I still struggle with fear daily. Especially now when Covid 19 is a risk every time I get in the car to go to the store. I pray all the time for protection, for peace but fear is still there. Maybe you feel like this. But you know we still have to go to the store to get food to eat. So you have to do it afraid. You have to have faith that God will take care of you.
Caine mentioned this very thing in the same study. She was speaking about the people God used in the Bible. Ordinary people that were put in extraordinary positions. Like the story of Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego in Daniel. They faced a fiery furnace as a result of not honoring King Nebuchadnezzar as a god. They most surly were afraid of dying in the fire, but they still refused to dishonor God. They, as Caine put it, were more Faithfull than fearless.
When we face situations that seem impossible, scary or just plain overwhelming we can still face them even with fear. We don’t have to be fearless just faithful. We have a God who lavishes love on us. And when we are in these situations we are encouraged to ask for wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you, But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6.
Don’t let fear stop you from reaching your purpose. Satan doesn’t like to see us reach our purpose in life. He will throw everything he can at you, especially fear. Have faith that in the end God will get you where He wants you.