As I followed along with the news in London the other day, I felt a combination of surprise, anger, confusion, disgust, and ... fear. I feared for the good people of London and their tourists. And I also feared for us back here. I feared for you. I feared for me. And I feared for my wife and children.
There are people in this world that want nothing more than to hurt us. And they take on many forms. They're not only extremists bent on converting the world to their beliefs, they're also thieves, murderers, rapists, and kidnappers, to name a few. They are on the hunt for us. And we fear them.
When we fall into fear, as we are apt to do when we see something like what happened in London, we need a reminder of why we shouldn't let fear consume us. Too many times, though, we forget that we are the children of God and that we need only trust Him. We don't always do that, do we? Who do we put our trust in? People?
Yup. [Smacks forehead] And we wonder why we struggle, right?
Now I'm not saying that it's easy to shrug off all that is happening around the world. It's on every news channel and every feed on our smart phones. It's everywhere.
Why? Because the world fears it.
That's it, right there. What leads us to turn from what we know and grasp for whatever sense of safety is closest? Fear does.
And the "world" knows this. It wants us to turn from God and seek security elsewhere. Or better yet, it would rather we shiver in fear and forget every truth we know while we wait for one of the bad guys to find us or the ones we love.
So, what should we do? How do we beat the bad guys?
Well ... I'm not sure that's up to us. I don't think WE are meant to. And that's not bad news! It's GREAT news!
It's not easy to stand up to fear. Especially when it's everywhere and there are those that use it to try to defeat you and--in many cases--the God we believe in. But imagine the freedom we could feel if we shunned fear?
I thought the Prime Minister of London, Theresa May, had a great response to the attack on her people. She said, "We are not afraid."
I pray that we all take the same stand against fear. Against those who only want to harm us. To rob us. To try to take away the Rock that we stand on.
Don't give in.
I thought it might be okay to share a quote from my novel about fear. Hope you don't mind!
How have you dealt with fear in the past? Or what are you dealing with now?
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