“Since you are cherished and precious in my eyes, and because I love you dearly and want to honor you, I willingly give up nations in exchange for you—a man to save your life.
I am with you now, even close to you, so never yield to fear. I will bring your children from the east; from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, ‘hand them over!’ and the south, ‘Don’t hold them back!’ Bring me my sons from far away, my daughters from the ends of the earth! Bring me everyone who is called by my name, the ones I created to experience my glory. I myself formed them to be who they are and made them for my glory.”
Have you had times in your life that you forget who you are? I have. I can get bogged down with the burdens of life—the heartache, the stress, the regret. When that happens, I have to intentionally remember who God created me to be.
I love the verse above for it says that I am cherished and precious in His eyes. He wants to honor me and is willing to give up so much for me. He promises that He is forever with me; therefore I should NOT yield to fear.
What does it mean to yield to fear in one’s everyday life? For me, it is to forget who God is and who I am. It is to give in to pain and regret because I am afraid to rise above it. It is fear of being ordinary, when, indeed I am precious and cherished. It is not walking in the form He created me to be, which is to give him glory!
I have discovered over the years that when I give God glory, and I believe His Word for me, I am able to walk through the fear in front of me and be brave. I am able to turn the regret into valuable lessons, the pain into tools for others, the ordinary into extraordinary.
Fear dissolves our ability to love fully. It is paralyzing and blinding. It comes with many faces. Fear itself is not wrong; it’s a powerful emotion that cautions us when there is danger. The problem occurs when we don’t move away from the danger. When we allow the fear to rule us, rather than the joy of pressing in to who we are.
There have been times that I’ve allowed the fear of man, or fear of rejection be more powerful to me that the love of God’s Word. In turn, I have not seen the reward of His confidence in that situation. I have not loved myself or others well, by choosing fear.
Where is your fear and how are you responding it? What are the promises God has given you that have been obstructed by fear? What can you do today to lean more towards love?