24 Nov In the Face of Fear – 11/24/20
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
“Lord, are you not from everlasting?” “…you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.” “Why are you silent…” Habakkuk’s second compliant is filled with fear. It’s real. Many believe that fear is a lack of faith, or that it may be willed away. Allow me to challenge this. Not only is fear not bad, but it is essential to our faith. The grace of God has given us the capacity to feel fear; acknowledge that we are in danger and in need of help. Fear brings us strength; allowing us to experience risk, trust, dependency, collaboration, and, ultimately, wisdom because it helps us realize our need for help. And if in the face of fear we can recognize our need for help, we find great opportunity. There is something about the fearful child’s honest pleas that opens the door for relationship with the one she cries out to. We see this relationship accomplished in Habakkuk’s cries, and the Lord’s responses. Only within the relationship Habakkuk has with our Lord can he can trust with all of his heart, lean not on his own understanding, submit to him in all of his ways; and his paths, though not without obstacle, are made straight by the hands of God.
Father, allow us to recognize our fears as real, but not without hope. Allow our fears to be your beautiful invitation for us to approach you. You’ve done it before Lord. Like you called Peter out onto the water, call us onto the water. Remind us that because of you, because of our relationship with you, we don’t have to disappear in the face of danger. Instead, we have opportunity to trust you with all of our heart. I pray that we abandon our own understanding, and submit to you in all ways. I pray we can keep our eyes fixed on you, and you will make our paths straight. Amen.