For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7
I’ll just throw this out there: I come from a family of worrywarts.
My dad was a floor pacer, my mom a hand wringer, and my three brothers and I followed suit.
Through the years, one could have easily surmised when I was most stressed; hopeful scripture verses were taped to almost every flat surface!
Here are a two of my all time favorites:
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.Isaiah 26:3
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.Psalm 94:19
There was a time in my life–during grad school–when I could have recited these two verses if woken from a deep sleep at gun point!
But these days, as a middle-aged fussbudget, I’ve learned to turn down the fear faucet. There’s still a drip…drip, but nothing like it used to be.
The turning point came one day when the opening words of 2 Timothy 1:7 finally sunk in: “God hath not given us a spirit of fear.”
You caught it too, I bet. God doesn’t do fear.
He is never afraid, and he doesn’t cause us to be either. God is a peace monger, pure and simple.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.Jesus – John 14:27
So, the next time you feel powerless, unloved, or out of your mind, please remember this: it’s not coming from God.
To read “Peace That Isn’t Pitiful – Part One,” click the link below.