The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
I’m sure you have probably heard the acronym for FEAR…false evidence appearing real. A few sources state that about ninety percent of all that we worry about will never happen. Even our thoughts expend energy. If we are consumed with fear we debilitate ourselves from rising up into action to carry out our day to day tasks at hand. If we live in perpetual fear, we essentially zap ourselves of the energy it takes to make positive things happen.
There are things we have control over in order to minimize our fears. One thing is to analyze our lifestyles. Are we creating our own problems? Sin is subtle…we must look around and recognize whose territory we are in. If we find ourselves on satan’s playground then we must realize that when we stepped onto his turf we stepped outside of God’s covering. In this instance fear is healthy. If the fear does not lead us to repentance, we will be responsible for the consequential destruction that will arise.
Once we work past the things that we can control and make sure we are residing in God’s territory, it’s time to relinquish what we have no control over. What if the ten percent of things we fear actually happens? Since we are powerless to prevent or change the things that are destined to happen, we can take comfort in the God who never looses control. Everything that happens to us has to go through His filtration system before it can even touch our lives. Even if He does allow our worst fear to come to pass, His Word says that in the end it will turn out good. No matter what happens, you can take comfort in His Word that says He will give us “a crown of beauty instead of our ashes”.
Lord, I place every fear that I have into Your capable hands. Help me to change the things that are in my power to control and trust You with the rest. I thank You that even if the worst does come to pass, You promise to give me a crown of beauty which will in time replace the ashes.