Is “fear” new to us today or have generations before us been fearful? What is the root of our fear? What fuels our doubts? One thing is for sure…we are not alone, we have all had doubts and fears!
Fearful situations are everywhere we look these days. We turn on the TV and we see haunting pictures and reminders of September’ 2001’s terrorist attacks. We see suicide bombers blowing up themselves and many other people in malls, cafés, and restaurants in the Middle East. We watch news reports of increasing school violence, and we hear our classmates talk about beating up other people (maybe beating up YOU), and doing other things that really scare you. You really never know what will happen when you get out of bed in the morning. But one thing we can be sure of — God is right there with us as we crawl out of bed to face the uncertainties of the day.
Think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego — and the fiery furnace. In Daniel 3:1-28 we read that King Nebuchadnezzar simply wanted people to bow down to his idol. For those that did not…well they were thrown into a fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused. They were thrown in the pit, protected by God and did not burn (did not even break a sweat!). The thing all of these men had in common was an unshakeable faith that God would protect them. That’s how they were able to stand up to the culture they lived in, face the fears they had, and stand up for God. They overcame their fear because they believed in the power of God.
How strong is your faith? If you were faced with a situation like any of these, what would you do? Would your fear prevail or your faith? I hope that after this week, you’d look to God for strength, and choose life with Him over giving into your doubts and fears!
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Doubt and Fear – week 3