I was praying the other day over for our country, its leaders and for the people of America in general, and felt the Lord speak something to me. What I felt him say that we are a country that is totally ruled by a spirit of fear. The more I think about it, the more I believe it to be true. Think about it, we are motived by fear in so many things. Take air-travel for example. we go to extreme measures to “guarantee” safety and make sure that no one disrupts the flight. We have metal detectors, pat downs, screenings, people searching luggage, and we even have to take off our shoes for screening.
Or take the economy for example, people are terrified of not having enough money for retirement. But, we are also scared of investing in the stock market. We are too scared to save, but too scared to spend as well. Housing prices are up and down, so people are too scared to buy a house, yet renting is a scary proposition as well.
Or take medical care for example, you can hardly watch 10 minutes of TV without seeing a commercial for some prescription for an ailment that less than 1% of America struggles with. That’s not even getting into the financial side of health care and insurance.
Or take playgrounds as an example. The other day I was reading an article about “new playgrounds.” They’re the same old playgrounds, but made super safe, so no one gets hurt, because no one wants to get sued. The unfortunate side effect of such playgrounds is that we, as people, are meant to make mistakes and get hurt physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, or otherwise. That is how we learn.
All these things are legitimate fears. I’m not suggesting that we do away with any of these things (except these playgrounds), but what I am suggesting is that we look at ourselves and take a look at what we are really afraid of, and why. Then, compare that with what God’s word says about fear:
“For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 ASV”
God did not create us to be afraid of everything we can imagine. In fact, He advises us to do something radically different:
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7”
Often times, I will pray in December for the year to come and sometimes God gives me a word or theme for the year to come. Nearly every time this has happened, I’ve seen it come true. Perhaps it is self-fulfilling prophecy, or God is challenging me in how I view the year to come, I don’t know. In any case, I was praying about 2013, and to be honest the reason I was praying is because I felt a lot of anxiety about it. There are some things in my financial picture that are unknowns for this year. We have a baby due this year. No one has any idea what the economy will do this year, and how that may or may not affect anyone’s job.
The word for this year came to me: FEARLESS. Not stupid fearless, like risk my life everyday doing stupid thing because I’m fearless. Not fearless, like I need to be bold or brash. Rather, to not fear these things, because God is with me. The God who spoke the world into existence, who sustains the universe and everything in it, who formed the mountains; rivers and flatlands with his hands, who lives in your heart, He loves you and looking out for you. He may not always give what you want, but He always provides what you need. He may not always make you comfortable, but He is always with you through the discomfort. He may not always give you all the answers, but He tells you what you need to hear.
I choose to be FEARLESS this year, and trust in God. He is my everything.