Recently, as I was praying one night, God spoke this little phrase to me. “Faith is the antidote for fear.”
Well, it was something similar. I can’t remember it word for word, but that was the essence of it.
For once, I wasn’t worried about anything. I wasn’t fearful. I was just praying and thanking God for being the Good Father that He is, yet I still got this little nugget of wisdom.
So, I told my mother about it, and she, being the wise woman she is, said, “Well, He speaks to us when we’re the calmest and can hear Him.”
She’s right. God was speaking to me, letting me know that the best way to handle fear is by having faith.
See, I worry. A lot. I don’t like it, but I can’t help it.
I can lie in bed and worry myself sick at times, and it’s even worse now that I have nieces and nephews who are my entire world. I have never loved someone as much as I love them, so of course, like always, it’s natural to worry about them. I always worry about the ones that I love.
The worry has gotten worse as I read about how awful the world has gotten, how I can’t trust anyone, and now that the kids are beginning to start school, oh my gosh. If I can’t see them, I can get a hundred different ideas in my head, and none of them are good about what could have happened to them while they were at school.
Of course that’s not the only thing I worry about.
We had a car accident a year ago, with two of my nieces in the car with me and my mom. It could have been bad. I wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and I ended up lying on the dashboard. I could have easily gone through the windshield. I say this, to say that for the longest, I was terrified (and still am at times) of going through that again.
I praise God that my babies were safe. They were unharmed but shaken up. Still, it could have been so bad, and I worry at times that it could happen again—but this time be fatal.
God doesn’t call for us to be fearful and worry all the time.
In fact, He said that He has not given us a Spirit of fear but of peace and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). And, we know the famous verse (Philippians 4:6 NLT), “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
The Bible gives us examples of how to fight fear.
Prayer and faith.
The devil is the author of confusion. He is the one who wants us to worry and be scared all of the time because that takes our focus off of God and puts it on other things. Our natural state should be peace, but we find ourselves needing peace, praying for peace, when that is exactly what we’re supposed to have from the very start.
I’m guilty of this, and I’m writing this for me just as much as I am for anyone else who needs peace of mind.
Whether you’re worried, stressed, or fearful, you weren’t meant to be that way. God wants us to have peace. He wants you to realize that you don’t have to worry or be scared. He’s in control. Tell Him what you need, what you’re worried about, and have faith that He will work everything out.
It’s not easy.
I find myself too focused on the worrying, on the things that are insignificant in the long run. I focus on what could happen instead of what has happened.
God has blessed me.
He’s protected me, and He loves me.
Yet, when I can’t see past the worry, I tend to forget that. I forget that I need to have faith that He will work everything out, and that’s not what He wants for my life. He wants me to have peace and sound mind. He wants you to have peace and sound mind.
So when things feel overwhelming and scary, remember that faith is the antidote for fear. Fight fear with faith, and everything will be just fine—even when it seems like it won’t be.
About Emerald Barnes
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
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