OVERCOMING FEAR THROUGH FAITH
An inscription above the fireplace of an old English inn says: “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered; no one was there.”
The older we grow, the more we come to grips with this thing called fear—fear of failing health, fear of the future, fear of the unknown, perhaps even fear of age itself.
The first thing we should remember is that fear is nothing to be ashamed of. On the other hand, uncontrolled fear is a poison that can paralyse and immobilize.
One antidote to fear is courage. Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to go ahead in spite of fear. What is the source of courage like this? It is faith in God—faith in that power which created the universe and endowed it with such virtues as kindness and love.
Another antidote to fear is a healthy confidence in ourselves, a confidence which says, “With God’s help, I can overcome my difficulties or find the patience and strength to endure them.”
When fear knocks, let faith answer. With God’s help we can overcome our fears.
A Definition of Faithfulness
God has a great ministry for our church. If we are to be effective, we must be involved in the ministry of our congregation. As you consider the question of faithfulness, answer the following questions:
1. If your car should start 1 out of 3 times, would you consider it faithful?
2. If your paperboy should skip your house on Sunday, would you call him faithful?
3. If you should fail to come to work 2 or 3 days a month, would your boss consider you faithful?
4. If your water heater should greet you with cold water 1 or 2 mornings a week, would it be faithful?
5. If you should miss a couple of house payments in a year, would your mortgage broker say that 10 our of 12 wasn’t too bad?
Thinking about these questions, should give you a good idea of what faithfulness really is. Let’s be faithful to God in our work through the church.