Faith or Fear?
For reference, read the book of Hebrews 11.
Life is full of choices. With choices comes consequences, both good and bad. When we make life altering decisions two factors would be dominant to influence the choice we make. By faith or out of fear. I know the argument that God influences people by fear. If He is such a loving God why would He punish and send people to hell? Even myself am not immune to this dilemma. They are times I’d ask myself, “Am I only obeying God out of fear or out of faith?” Is God really hateful? Could He not have His own set of rules? Regardless of what we believe, we all have our own set of rules and there’s always a consequence if someone violates it. Why would God be any different.
In Hebrews 11, Paul talk about Abel that his offering is more acceptable because of his faith (verse 4). Noah, who we thought that he built the ark out of fear but the Bible says otherwise, he built it because of his obedience through faith (verse 7). Then there’s Moses, whom he’s parents hid and as he grew up choose to suffer with his people, until he left and eventually face Pharaoh again, not out of fear but of faith (verse 24-27).
These are the only few I mentioned. They even went to do far more greater things. “Overthrew dominions, shut the mouth of lions, quenched the flames of fire, weakness turned to strength, strong in battle and put whole armies to flight (verses 33-34).”
My life has been a series of failures and the worst so far is my failed marriage. I knew that it would eventually arrive to divorce. I knew I was being taken advantage of. I knew it was destroying me. Other than faith and love as reason to go on, fear is the third one. The fear of abandonment, how it is affecting my daughter, of being scorned upon because the stigma of being divorce. The fear of being alone for the rest of my life. Would I find someone again? Would I be able to love like the way I use to love or should I keep putting on these “Berlin Wall” for the sake of self-preservation?
With failures comes also the lessons we learn. It was hard to step out of that, fear and anxiety and a millions what if’s. By the grace of God I came out of it. I could say that things are better now and it took a lot of courage, self-reflection and seeking God. I’m still amaze to this day and ask myself “How did I do that?” One answer, Faith!
If you are reading this, do not fear. Regardless of what you’re going through. Get out of your bed. Take a shower. Fix your hair. Get a haircut. Put a makeup on. Have a good meal. Treat your self. Dress nicely.
I don’t know you, but you’re always in my prayers. So, don’t say that no one cares. God cares, that should mean a lot to you, it does to me and it surpasses any affection given by this world.
“For God hath not given the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).”
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