Embracing Faith Over Fear

Adobe Stock

It’s easy to be fearful these days: we’re surrounded by fear-inducing messages, locked down in a pandemic with people struggling to get by, but God’s message is hope over fear and it all begins by embracing faith.

What is faith?

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

–Hebrews 11:1

In the biblical sense, the meaning is twofold. First, it refers to confidence and steadfastness. The feeling of assuredness about things hoped for.

Secondly, faith refers to the first meaning as applied to the word and promises of God. First, that God exists. Second, that God’s word is the absolute truth and the standard of all truth. Third, that God keeps his promises, which includes eternal spiritual life in the world beyond after physical death in this world.

But in the here and now in this physical world, faith means that we adhere to the word of God in our daily lives, knowing He is watching out for us.

Through the prophet Isaiah, God said:

“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.”

– Isaiah 41:10

Don’t let fear overcome you

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

– Jeremiah 29:11

Fearful thoughts can cause us to do a lot of things. The first thing it can do is cause us to doubt ourselves or our situation. We can tell ourselves that we or something isn’t good enough. We can lose hope and believe something isn’t going to work out. And because of fear, this is all speculation, rather than fact.

Don’t live in fear, live in faith.

Jesus said:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.”

– John 14:1

Tune out the fearful messages

“And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,”

–1 Thessalonians 4:11

A common saying is: “Ignorance is bliss.” It doesn’t necessarily mean about a lack of knowledge or wisdom, it refers to not worrying about things we do not need to worry about. Being ignorant to the news and certain troubles of the world is often a good thing. A more common saying is “stay in your own lane.” In other words, deal with your own problems.

The media is constantly bombarding us with fear-fueled headlines because these tend to work best at getting our attention. Most of the time, they rely on exaggeration and hyperbole to take a legitimate, but small concern, and make mountains out of mole hills.

To quote another saying, “Take everything with a grain of salt.” We shouldn’t read too much into things, overreact or be overly concerned. Don’t allow news of the day, politics and certain controversies to get us all worked up or upset. Use common sense, be cautious where you need to be and don’t overcompensate or panic where you don’t.

Jesus’ advice about the future

Jesus said not to be fearful and worry too much about the future.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

– Matthew 6:34

Jesus’ meaning here was to focus on the day at hand. Don’t let your mind be distracted over anxiety about the future, which you cannot predict.

The media excels at making us worry about things that may or may not come to pass, and most of which we have no control over anyway. Tune such messages out.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

– Joshua 1:9