FEAR SHOWS US OUR UNBELIEF

by Carrie Tucker | Dec. 21, 2018

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'”

LUKE 2:10 ESV

When I am afraid, I jump and then I run. I live in the woods and I often walk into giant spider webs. If I see the big spider that spun the web – I run. If I hear scary noises in the woods – I run. If I see a copperhead – I run. I don’t think the shepherds that lived in the wild would run from what I run from. They were probably used to scary loud noises, large spiders, and snakes. They could take those things down with no problem, no fear. But, on this night they were afraid. Luke 2:9 tells us that “they were filled with fear.” In their entire lives, they had never experienced anything like they did this night. The shepherds were just doing their thing, wandering around the hillside, watching their sheep, and keeping them from danger. But the “danger” came from above, not from the usual places. The angel’s first words were, “Fear not.” The angel addressed their fear right away, calming their anxious hearts, telling them the greatest news, a Savior had been born. I am sure the shepherds’ hearts were still racing, but in their fear, their hearts were comforted and they were calmed by good news of great joy.

What do you do when you are afraid? Where do you run? I think that our fear shows us our unbelief. If I am afraid of spiders and loud scary noises, I probably believe that I can’t protect myself from those things. If I am afraid to send my kids off into the world alone, I am probably afraid that I can’t protect them. If I am afraid that I may not ever be able to provide enough for my family, I am probably afraid that I am not enough. My fear shows me my unbelief.

My unbelief shows me where I need to trust God.

Do I believe that the good news of great joy from that night long ago is enough to calm my anxious heart? Where do you need to trust God today? Write it down. Tell Him where you aren’t believing Him. Romans 10:10 tells us “for with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Help your heart believe the Good News by asking God to help you trust Him more with whatever you fear. You see, the biggest surprise was just around that scary corner for the shepherds. If they had run (like I probably would have), they would have missed the best part.

”And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among those with whom he is well pleased.’” God will surprise you with how well He will take care of you, if you trust Him with those fears.

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:8-14 ESV

4 Comments

  1. Barbara Hartness

    I can be fearful, especially when my focus is on wrong things (like the spider). In those moments I forget that the Lord is with me. Thank you for your comments!

    Reply
  2. Darla Beller

    Everything we think, feel and choose comes either through the filter of fear or love. 1 John 4:18 says that there is no fear in love. When I am fearful for whatever reason, I stop and think about how love would think feel and choose. And, it absolutely reveals what I believe. If I choose to operate from the filter of fear, I don’t believe God. If I choose love, I am choosing to act in faith and believe God. I don’t typically characterize myself as fearful, but on closer inspection, I find myself thinking things like: I’m afraid I’m not good enough. I’m afraid i’ll be rejected. I’m afraid I’ll look stupid. You get the idea. These fears all keep me from acting in love toward others because I do not believe what God says about me or trust that He really has given me work to do that only I can do. I am learning to filter my every thought, feeling, and choosing through the filter of love.

    Reply
  3. Pierce McIntyre

    Encouraging words. Thanks

    Reply
  4. Barbara Tillman

    A great reminder that God is with us through the scary times, the unjust times, and the times that we are left wondering. This is an even greater reminder that He is with us in the joyful times and those explosively wonderful times.

    Reply

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Fear Shows Us Our Unbelief

BY: Carrie Tucker | Dec. 21, 2018

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'”

LUKE 2:10 ESV

When I am afraid, I jump and then I run. I live in the woods and I often walk into giant spider webs. If I see the big spider that spun the web – I run. If I hear scary noises in the woods – I run. If I see a copperhead – I run. I don’t think the shepherds that lived in the wild would run from what I run from. They were probably used to scary loud noises, large spiders, and snakes. They could take those things down with no problem, no fear. But, on this night they were afraid. Luke 2:9 tells us that “they were filled with fear.” In their entire lives, they had never experienced anything like they did this night. The shepherds were just doing their thing, wandering around the hillside, watching their sheep, and keeping them from danger. But the “danger” came from above, not from the usual places. The angel’s first words were, “Fear not.” The angel addressed their fear right away, calming their anxious hearts, telling them the greatest news, a Savior had been born. I am sure the shepherds’ hearts were still racing, but in their fear, their hearts were comforted and they were calmed by good news of great joy.

What do you do when you are afraid? Where do you run? I think that our fear shows us our unbelief. If I am afraid of spiders and loud scary noises, I probably believe that I can’t protect myself from those things. If I am afraid to send my kids off into the world alone, I am probably afraid that I can’t protect them. If I am afraid that I may not ever be able to provide enough for my family, I am probably afraid that I am not enough. My fear shows me my unbelief. My unbelief shows me where I need to trust God. Do I believe that the good news of great joy from that night long ago is enough to calm my anxious heart? Where do you need to trust God today? Write it down. Tell Him where you aren’t believing Him. Romans 10:10 tells us “for with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Help your heart believe the Good News by asking God to help you trust Him more with whatever you fear. You see, the biggest surprise was just around that scary corner for the shepherds. If they had run (like I probably would have), they would have missed the best part.

”And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among those with whom he is well pleased.’” God will surprise you with how well He will take care of you, if you trust Him with those fears.

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:8-14 ESV

4 Comments

  1. Barbara Hartness

    I can be fearful, especially when my focus is on wrong things (like the spider). In those moments I forget that the Lord is with me. Thank you for your comments!

    Reply
  2. Darla Beller

    Everything we think, feel and choose comes either through the filter of fear or love. 1 John 4:18 says that there is no fear in love. When I am fearful for whatever reason, I stop and think about how love would think feel and choose. And, it absolutely reveals what I believe. If I choose to operate from the filter of fear, I don’t believe God. If I choose love, I am choosing to act in faith and believe God. I don’t typically characterize myself as fearful, but on closer inspection, I find myself thinking things like: I’m afraid I’m not good enough. I’m afraid i’ll be rejected. I’m afraid I’ll look stupid. You get the idea. These fears all keep me from acting in love toward others because I do not believe what God says about me or trust that He really has given me work to do that only I can do. I am learning to filter my every thought, feeling, and choosing through the filter of love.

    Reply
  3. Pierce McIntyre

    Encouraging words. Thanks

    Reply
  4. Barbara Tillman

    A great reminder that God is with us through the scary times, the unjust times, and the times that we are left wondering. This is an even greater reminder that He is with us in the joyful times and those explosively wonderful times.

    Reply

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