LEARN & GROW
"For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth. . . ." (Psalm 135:5-6a / ESV)
God wants us to focus on His greatness, not on our fears and inadequacies.
Psalm 135 exuberantly praises the Lord for His greatness and the great things He does. Recently, I had an opportunity to experience God's greatness first-hand in a very personal way. After committing to one of Calvary's GO Trips, I was overcome by fear and dread so intense that I almost backed out. All I could think of were my inadequacies and possible health limitations.
I have never thought of myself as a fearful person and have never experienced feelings like this before. Their intensity made me wonder if I had made a mistake and had jumped the gun on something that was not God's will. So I did the only thing I knew to do. I prayed and went to His Word.
Almost daily, God reassured me with promises of His help and His presence. Two verses came up repeatedly. Isaiah 41:10 is one verse that the Lord has frequently brought to my attention whenever I have faced a challenge, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
The second verse reminded me that it's all about Him, and He can use anyone, "But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Cor. 12:9 and 10b)
A couple of weeks went by, and I was still troubled with great anxiety. This time, I asked my ALG class and women's Bible study group to pray for me and for the team.
I had been journaling my experiences since the Lord first tugged on my heart to go on this trip. One day, as I went to my journal, I realized that I was writing with eagerness and expectancy for this trip without any trace of fear or dread. Very quietly and imperceptibly, God had worked and delivered me from my fears, as His Word declares in Psalm 34:4, "I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears."
That was only the beginning of what God did. He worked miraculously in my life throughout the entire trip, and I have been praising him ever since then and telling everyone-including one of my doctors-what great things the Lord did.
- Is there a fear or challenge before you today that is holding you back from doing God's will, and what is your plan of attack?
- How does overcoming fears affect you personally, and how does it affect the body of Christ?
- In what ways do you experience God's greatness every day?
About the Author
Since moving to Fort Mill in 2008, I have not traveled anywhere else in North or South Carolina. In a couple of weeks, I am going to Charleston for the first time, and I am very excited about visiting such a historic and beautiful part of the South.