Most young children are afraid of the dark. The light can be turned out in a room that they are familiar with and they suddenly become afraid. Objects that were once familiar now bathed in darkness look different and scary. When the light is turned on the child realizes that the scary object was really just the laundry hamper. It wasn’t that scary after all.
I think that the same is true in life. We have this goal that we want to achieve; we know precisely where we want to end up but in order to get there we have to go through some challenging and often times scary things. We may have this task that we need to accomplish in order to get to our goal but this task for whatever reason scares us. So, instead of facing it head on realizing and remembering that God is with us we run. We create excuse after excuse and dodge every opportunity to complete this task because we’re scared of what might happen; good or bad. When we finally get the courage to tackle this task we realize that it really wasn’t that big of a deal. It wasn’t as scary as we thought and we flew through much faster than we thought possible.
I don’t know about you but I know that I can often have the same experience when it comes to God. I know that He loves me and that He sent His Son to die for the forgiveness of my sin but I often times let myself get caught up in some of the “scary wording” as I’m reading through the Bible. I become overwhelmed when I realize that that one particular sin that I had been working on mastering wasn’t quite as simple as I thought. Just because I don’t steal, lie, or do drugs doesn’t mean that I am any better than those who do. I have sin in my life just like the next person. We all do–just in different ways.
When we realize how badly we’ve messed up it can cause us to want to flee. We may think that we have messed up so badly that God just doesn’t want anything to do with us. But here’s the things. Those sweet stories of redemption and grace that you may see from time to time about how God did this or that for this person or that person—He can do that same thing for you!
There is nowhere else to go but to the One Who made us. If we turn to Him and walk in His light he will lovingly show us the error of our ways, give us grace sufficient for our time of need, and lead us on the better path. God is absolutely perfect and He loves us just as we are. The Bible tells us that “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18).
We will always struggle with fear because we haven’t yet been made perfect–that’ll happen when Jesus comes again. Some of us struggle with fear more than others and that’s okay because God made us all differently all in His image. If we let Him work in us He will expose the areas of distrust and fear in our lives and show us that His grace truly is sufficient for every need we may ever have.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast of my infirmities; that the power of Christ may rest upon me…For when I am weak then I am strong.”
~2 Corinthians 12:9 & 10b
Until next time,