March 20, 2017 by Kgalalelo
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23: 6).
These are the words of David in the Bible. He had trouble in his life too. Saul wanted to kill him because he was anointed as the next king of Israel and where there is a throne involved there’s power, fame, authority and benefits. These seem to be the common attractions and affections of human beings. Some of us would enjoy living in a palace and be surrounded by servants, pampered and be honoured. Even having all of these bequeathed unto him, David had moments of fear but He had an outlet and a place of security. He ran to God instead of away from Him and He made a decision to live in the house of the Lord forever.
We all go through moments where we are consumed by fear. Fear is very overwhelming and traumatic. We are afraid of just about anything in life; people, animals, creeping things, public speaking, death and the unknown. I must say that I fall in most categories and the fear of the unknown appears to be one of the weirdest forms of fears that makes me think overtime. We all seem to require confirmation that things will work out, that we will win the race, that we will do well in the exams, that we will get the driver’s license, our speech would get accolades, that the woman will say yes when the man proposes, that the customers would buy our products, that we would ace the job interview, that we would do well in business and other areas of life. The list is endless but all of us can find ourselves somewhere in between.
It’s even weirder that fear creeps at us from childhood and throughout adulthood. If you meet a ninety year old woman and ask her what she is afraid of, she would definitely give you a list. Abram was afraid of being killed by the Egyptians in the Bible. He had migrated to Egypt with His wife Sarai because of the famine where they lived and he said to the wife, tell the Egyptians that you are my sister so that they would spare me. The man was afraid for his own life. He had a beautiful wife and chances were that they would get rid of him but spare the woman. This was a man who was called by God; even the called, experience fear but complete faith in God surpasses anything.
When my daughter finished Grade 0 and preparing for Grade 1, I found her crying in her room one day and she said to me ‘Mommy, I cannot read nor write, how am I going to make it in Grade 1?' There had been a child in her Grade 0 class who could read already. My child was saddened by the fact that she couldn’t read nor hold a pen properly and was fearful. Her concern was genuine and I understood what was in her heart. She was only six but as a parent, I paid attention and tried to come up with the best response I could give her that she would be taught by the teacher and we would also help her at home. In the middle of the year in Grade 1, she was a pro and could read and write and I reminded her about how scared she was of Grade 1. She feared the unknown and felt that she had to be prepared.
Most of us are indeed afraid of what we don’t know. We all want to be equipped and know how things would turn out but God invites us to trust Him all the time. There are many scriptures in the Bible where God says ‘do not be afraid and trust me’ but is it what we do? Often not. We go to churches and temples every Sunday and hear the same things but implementing what we have received is often challenging. A certain pastor once said that we usually have Sunday experiences. We jump up and down on a Sunday morning and encourage pastors to preach but as soon as we leave the church premises, we forget all about what was said. Someone cuts you off on the road and you become fearful and upset, your partner says something and you get angry and offended and you rehearse the trouble you are in at work right outside the church premises.
Fear has never benefited me even now. I struggle as I move along but I know where to run to like David. I rest in the secret place of the Most High God and hide myself there. There is a song by Peter Tosh that says “if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones”. He was right, do not cause harm to another so that harm should not come to you. Those who cause another pain, are usually afraid of being harmed themselves but if anyone can throw stones at you being innocent, when you live in the bosom of God, no stone will break you. He secures you tightly and protect you from the harshness of the world, the judgements of people, the insults and criticism. You are a delicate glass in God’s hand and He loves you enough to secure you. He will not leave you nor forsake you but will always be by your side.
He is your shield and buckler
He is your refuge and strength
He is your fortress
He is your shepherd
He is your light and salvation
He is the stronghold of your life
He saves you
He sustains you
There are also different layers of fear and as soon as you overcome a certain type of fear, another one surfaces. Learn to stop in the middle of your fear and call upon your Creator, the one who knows about the root of fear and He will rescue you. He is a loving father and mother. He nurtures you, carries you in His arms and at the same time diffusing the spears of those trying to attack you.
We need to be aware of our fears and acknowledge them to be able to ask God for help and allow Him to help us. Let us be grateful that the one who has promised us victory, is surely faithful and keeps His promises.
He is surely with us.
Footnote: All scriptures are taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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