I have been thinking a bit about fear this week, after last week's verse of the week, and how it relates to and impacts our Christian walk. It struck me that fear spills into our lives in a variety of ways. We fear the unknown when we worry. We fear failure when we stay quiet. We fear we made mistakes when we doubt. We fear potential mistakes when we avoid action. We fear not getting everything done when we allow stress to rule our thoughts. Sometimes fear motivates us, but not in healthy ways. It may motivate us to do what is right, but without the right reasons. We may homeschool out of fear, buy insurance out of fear, invest our money out of fear, eat healthy food out of fear, join ministries out of fear, and guard our children out of fear.
Then, I started recalling verse after verse in which God says, “Don’t fear!” He said it to Joshua, the people of
I felt compelled to look at that verse again this week, in context. Paul encourages Timothy for his sincere, solid faith, passed down to him from his mother and grandmother. He then challenges Timothy to keep stirring up the gift of God, because “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
We should not stay quiet and let the gifts God has given us go to ruin. What gifts has God given you? Children, ministries, spiritual gifts, salvation? I had always put this verse in the context of scary dreams, which it fits powerfully. However, how much do I hide or squander the gifts that God has given me out of fear, instead of taking hold of them by His power, love and soundness of mind?
Paul doesn’t let up. He then commands – don’t be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord. A healthy fear only fears God, the beginning of knowledge. He, God, has saved us and called us to action. We have no reason to be ashamed or fearful because we know who we serve.
This week I desire God’s power, love and sound mind to control my actions, attitudes, and thoughts. Fear not!
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
~II Timothy 1:7~