I read this sentence in a devotional in my Bible today: “Where the peace of God is present, there is no room for worry.”
As I pondered on this statement, a flood of emotion surged through me. The last month has been a whirlwind of emotion as my youngest son dealt with some pretty serious health issues. What I first thought was the flu led to a diagnosis of Neutropenia (very low white blood cells) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you have ever had to walk down a road where your child’s health has been attacked, then you know what I was going through. At first they were telling me that he could have Leukemia. I can remember feeling numb. It was hard to find the words to even form a prayer. All I could do was just cry out to God. He knew what I was feeling anyway. Questions arose in my mind and fear showed its ugly head but after a month, his blood counts began to come back to normal. Even though I did not have the strength to pray, God heard my cry and answered my prayer.
It is very easy to slip into fear when we are faced with uncertainty. Fear seems to be lurking in so many areas of our lives that we sometimes don’t even recognize it is there anymore. I had myself so wrapped up in my son’s health and some other pretty stressful situations going on in our family that I had a hard time breathing. When I finally went to the doctor to see what was wrong, he told me that it was all stress related. At that point I had to make a conscious decision that I no longer was going to be led by my emotions or the fear that had taken grip of my life.
Romans 8:15 says “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
I love this verse! When we become a child of God our old lives are over and everything has become new. The things that kept us bound to fear have been broken off of us! We are not a slave again to fear. Fear brings with it torment and unrest. It enslaves us to become its servant because we can no longer function with the mind of Christ. God does not want us to live in that state of mind. He has literally broken the chains that bound us to our fears. He has given us the victory!
When we are going through stressful situations that begin to cause us to fear, we need to get back to the Word of God and stand on His promises. Romans 4:20 says that “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was able to perform.” This was talking about Abraham when God had given him and Sarah the promise that they were going to have a child in their old age. He could have looked at the outward appearance of his situation and said that having a child was impossible, but Abraham looked up to God and did not waver at the promise God gave him. How many times are we given a promise by God only to not see the answer in our time table and give up before the answer arrives? We need to learn from Abraham and hold on to our promise no matter what circumstances may look like. Abraham was fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to perform.
I don’t know what you are going through or what you may be facing today but I want to encourage you to seek God and His promises and trust Him to bring you through. Life is not easy for anybody. So many times we find ourselves asking God why, but we need to learn to lean on Him and not be led by our feelings and our fears and trust that He has the best outcome for us. Begin to chase after God’s peace.