For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim 2:7 (NLT)
Fear is said to be a sin. Why is that? Is seems strange that we sin when we are faced with something that scares us. Is it a sin because as this verse alludes to the Spirit lives in us and He fears nothing so why should we? Perhaps, but I think it’s simpler than that. Fear is a sin because it means we are not trusting God to take care of us. Quite honestly, for me as a human that’s hard to fathom. There seems to be a fine line between putting my complete trust in God to see me through and fearing the worst. I feel like I need to have some level of control. But that’s the pride in me.
One of the things I’ve come to realize, though, is that putting my complete trust in Him means letting go and trusting other people as well. We aren’t meant to do life alone. He uses people to bring glory to His kingdom, so it stands to reason that, when we find faithful people to live this Christian life with, we need to trust them. And trust that God is working through them to help us through our trails.
I have recently had the opportunity to do just that, and God did not disappoint. I was fearful and worried about a trial I am going through and put it out there to some trusted friends. Sure enough, they prayed, and encouraged me and I find myself at peace. I think there will always be some level of fear, but I know I don’t want to be afraid. And I know that I can completely trust Him and those faithful others. I just have to do it.
Trusted Father. I love how you work through my friends and family to show me your love. Give me courage to trust you completely. Take my fear from me. Amen