God Rescues us from Fear
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
It was a Monday morning in 2003. I was getting ready for work when my body went rogue. My heart started racing uncontrollably and I thought I was going to pass out. My first thought was, heart attack. Having had a dad who died of a massive heart attack at age 39, I took the symptoms seriously and asked my husband to race me to the Emergency Room. After running an EKG and other heart tests, the ER doctor asked, “Are you under any stress right now?”
I replied, “I work full-time and I’m studying for a seminary final.”
“I see this all the time. Your brain is fried. You didn’t have a heart attack. You had a panic attack.”
Always the overachiever, I thought about what caused the panic. I realized the root was fear. I feared the unknown. It was my first test at seminary.
“Would I know the answers to the questions?”
“Would I do well or would I do poorly on the test?”
“What if I was studying the wrong thing?”
I knew I was called to seminary so I wanted to succeed, so much so, that I put undue pressure on myself.
After this same scenario happened a second time during mid-terms the following semester, both my husband and I realized I had to quit my full-time job and focus on school. But I also had to give this situation over to God. I gave Him the studying. I gave Him the exams. I gave Him seminary. Oftentimes, there simply was not enough time to study everything so I’d ask him, “Which questions do I need to focus on?” He was always faithful and those were the questions asked on the test.
While we should have a healthy fear of the LORD, God says he did not give us the spirit of fear, so where did that spirit come from? It’s from the enemy of our soul who wants to take us down. He desires to paralyze us so we can’t complete our God-given mission.
So what should we do?
We need to bind the spirit of fear in the name of Jesus.
We need to surrender our fears to God.
Ask for His peace in whatever area you struggle.
Philippians 4:6–7 commands us to not be anxious about anything and says to be honest with God about what is bothering us. When we do that, the Word promises that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
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