For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.Psalm 103:11-12
Some fears can rob us of our confidence and fulfilling God’s purpose for us, like the fear of being different, the fear of looking foolish or the fear of what your friends think of you. But God has a purpose for each one of us as He says in Ephesians 2:10 and we shouldn’t let fears get in the way.
Take the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Goliath was the voice of fear, stopping the Israelites’ purpose for victory. The Israelites were scared, and fear robbed them of their purpose. But in verse 26, David says: “Who is this Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” Why should fears stop us fulfilling out God given purpose? David knows that God will help him in the next battle. It was in the unseen place that he learnt the battle cry of trust, when he was looking after sheep: “The Lord who delivered me from the law of the lion and from the law of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this philistine.” If we learn to start trusting God with little things, then when big battles come our way we’ll already know how to fully rely on God. Finally, Jesus says in John 12:27 that his soul is “deeply troubled” but He still wants to glorify God. He will not let fear cripple his faith. May we all follow Jesus’ example and seek to glorify God however we are feeling, and not let fears rob us of our God-given purpose.