Fear causes us to do so many things that we wouldn’t otherwise do. When we experience fear we run from the circumstances that cause it, we run and hide from God, we fall into depression, we lose hope, and we struggle to trust. In the midst of fear we look for security. We want to trust God but face the question “Can we trust Him now in the midst of this difficulty?”
When we face difficulties in life, lets be honest, we want them to go away. When the doctor says the word ‘cancer’ we want that to go away. When something bad happens to our children we want that to go away. We have a hard time trusting God because the security we are looking for is a disappearance. We want him to be a magician and make it all just disappear. So when it becomes evident that we will have to walk through a painful time we often look to something else that will make it ‘go away’. Jesus’ answer to our fear is not a magic trick but His love.
We’ve talked about how the love of the Father, Son, and Spirit frees us to live fully, and love boldly, but He also sets us free to face our fears. That’s because His love is the security we long for. It is His love that we can cling to when life is painful and uncertain. Fear drives a wedge between us and God that makes us question his trustworthiness, Love pushes that wedge out and provides security.
1. When we face situations that cause fear, we can choose to run to God or to something or someone else. Fear causes us to distrust God, yet he is the one who has the power to create security in our hearts when we face life’s greatest challenges. Are you facing a difficult situation that causes fear? To what or whom will you run?
2. Seeing others experience God’s security in the midst of fear can help us when we face our own fear. Can you recall watching someone remain strong in his or her faith in the midst of tragic moments? Describe that memory.
3. Rick describes “driving out fear” as difficult work because it doesn’t just leave overnight and it fights back as we try to drive it out. Rick discovered freedom from fear when he realized it wasn’t his work to drive it out. Whose work is it? What about this inspires you?