Choosing Faith over Fear

Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth
by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you
.
Jeremiah 32:17

When things go wrong, we have one of two choices to make. We can choose to respond with fear, or we can choose to respond with faith.

Fear makes us look for someone to blame, throw up our hands in defeat, and give in to a victim mentality. Faith chooses to face the challenge with hope in a brighter tomorrow. It does not wallow in self-pity or allow bitterness to take root. With God’s help, faith courageously looks for the best way to respond to the setback.

At the end of the blame game—when all the angry words have been spoken and all finger pointing is done—it really doesn’t matter who is at fault. As the saying goes, “It is what it is.”

What matters, regardless of whether we or someone else is responsible for the cause of our setback, is what we do next. Will we bounce and learn from the experience, grow, and do better next time … or break and end in hopelessness and defeat?

Unfortunately, choosing faith over fear is a choice many see as being completely nuts. They see turning to God for help, trusting Him to guide them, and operating in faith—i.e., believing in things hoped for even when there is no evidence of them being anywhere in sight—as naïve and weak-minded. To them, surrendering your will to God’s while depending on His grace and strength to guide you through times of trial and difficulty is misguided and foolish, even delusional.

Yet, that is exactly what is required for God’s assistance in bouncing back from adversity. It is only when we are willing to work with God—trusting Him with the desires of our heart and aligning our thinking with His—that we are able to remain on His path of peace through the storms of life. God never promised roses without thorns, but He has promised to see us through the thicket. That includes the terrible situation, setback, and unwanted change you may now find yourself struggling with.

There is nothing too hard, too messy, too tangled, or too broken that God cannot see us through. But we have to do our part. God is not a magician with a magic wand who will make all our problems disappear the moment we turn to Him for help. There are consequences for our actions and the actions of others that may remain with us for a lifetime. The consequences of a major setback may not be something we have any control over, but our attitude toward them is something we can control.

Maybe you feel what you are going through is too hard and have believed the lie of the enemy that you are helpless and hopeless. Nothing could be further from the truth. You may be in need of a temporary hand up, but that does not qualify you as a candidate for a permanent handout.

It is true God takes care of the birds, but He does not carry worms to the nest. He loves us and longs to help us, but He also expects us to roll up our sleeves and work with Him. Faith is a verb, not just a noun.

Let God help you turn your faith into action.

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A military wife, mother of five (yours, mine and ours!), Amazon.com bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Penny L. Hunt has educated and equipped readers and audiences of all ages and stages to successfully navigate the choppy waters of change. Drawing from her international experiences that have taken her from the east coast of the USA to Hawaii, Europe, South America, and back, Penny shares a fresh and meaningful message with specific tactics to quickly bounce back from setbacks. Her latest book is Bounce! Don’t Break… Stories, reflections and words of encouragement through times of change by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

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