Conquering Fear

There are times in our lives when we seem to come to a precipice. We can no longer see where the next step will take us. We white-knuckle the comforts of the known, however good or bad they might be, because the fear of the unknown is too great. For some this fear can even become paralyzing –unable to cope with the uncertainty of tomorrow we regress or are unwilling to reach out to take God’s hand.

In his book, Faith and Doubt, John Ortberg wrote that “letting go is always an act of trust.” At the core of fear is the question do we really trust God? We might be surprised to find when we honestly answer that question that we struggle to place our trust in God. Isaiah 43:19 is great reminder that God is continuously at work in our lives whether we see which direction he is leading us or not.

Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

So when you find yourself overcome by fear or feel a resistance to let go of the known for fear of the unknown, remember God is doing something in your life. He will not forget the good work he began in you (Phil. 1:6) and will make a way in the desert. Just think – what blessings could unfold in your life if you were just willing to let go and trust?


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