As I clung to a pole on the edge of a trapeze platform, terrified of heights and trembling in my boots, the instructor said, “Feel the fear and do it anyway. Don’t let the fear stop you.” That was the nudge I needed to step off the platform into the fun of trying out the trapeze.
Is fear of rejection keeping you from encouraging mothers around you? Is fear keeping you from inviting one neighbor to read a book with you? Is fear keeping you from stepping into leadership? Is fear the hurdle you need to leap in order to answer God’s call?
Let’s look into what God’s Word has to say about fear:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Mark 9:24
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27
I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies and of the son of man who is made like grass? Isaiah 51:12
Say to those with anxious heart,”Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.” Isaiah 35:4
Which of these verses can you cling to as you step out? God promises to walk with us, to transform that fear into faith and to guide every step. Do you believe Him? Ask Him to help your unbelief. He is trustworthy.