God Over Every Fear
by Fia Curley
Some people refer to it as false evidence appearing real.
And even if that’s the case, it’s hard to deny its affect on our emotions, perspective, and decision making.
But being afraid is not socially acceptable for adults, so instead we worry, become anxious, or, if we’re good Christians—we just become concerned.
In this life, there are days filled with disturbing news, unexpected occurrences, and painful moments that send us to our knees. But God is greater and He is prepared for everything we face.
The One who knows the end from the beginning was not ignorant of the events of our day. And still He speaks over the turmoil swirling about and the anxiety circling within.
“Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:39)
Even the disciples marveled at Jesus’ ability to speak to the wind and waves and cause them to cease their tumult. And they had walked with Him—this God who put on flesh and humbly lived in their midst—as He did miracle after miracle and taught them mysteries from ages past.
Jesus displayed His authority over all things, unlike the prolific teachers of their day.
And now, seated on the throne of God, the one who created all things seen and unseen has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, and this God likes you.
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:17–18)
The God of all the earth can still be pleased with lives such as ours.
With all the flaws, the bad habits, the tendency to doubt that in your times of struggle your prayers laced with weak words and filled with unanswered questions that the . The Lord is faithful and is so committed to His purposes for us that He has not forsaken His promises regarding His care for His children, despite the depths of our own weakness.
Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. (Isaiah 54:4–5)
But this is not all the Lord has to say about the topic. Luke 12 provides further evidence of the futility of worry.
Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Luke 12:22–28)
And familiar passages, such as Jeremiah 29:11 remind us of why God is so calm when our blood pressure rises over little things like monthly bills.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
If we need further evidence, He’s given us further reassurance in His Word.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
We read this truth but sometimes we don’t quite believe it.
The amazing thing about the Word of God is that regardless of how we feel, the truth remains.
God is greater than fear. He is greater than all things. He is the Maker of all things, seen and unseen.
And He makes Himself available to all who call upon Him in their time of need. In times of crisis, times of brokenness, pain, hurt, sickness, He remains Emmanuel, God with us.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
He is unlimited in His goodness, strength, and power and resilient in perseverance and hope.
There is no situation He can not redeem. There is no relationship He can not reconcile. There is no fracture He can not heal. There is no failure He can not transform.
And there is no scenario in which He has ever failed. Even nailed to a cross, suffering, bleeding and dying, He won for everyone for all time.
He has overcome and He will prevail over every troubling, sinful, and impossible situation so that His glory will be seen.
Fia Curley served on the NightWatch at IHOPKC for many years, participating in prayer, worship, and intercession from midnight to 6am. Currently attending college in New York, she enjoys blending her passion for prayer, worship, and journalism as she labors with the Lord to see His goodness revealed to families, government leaders, and immigrants from non-Christian nations.