Faith vs. Fear

Written by Joe Schafer 

The monsters under my bed
I think that all parents have experienced a time when his or her child burst into their room and is paralyzed by fear. It could be fear of the dark, being alone, unseen monsters under the bed, or a nightmare.

I have done this many times with my kids and have tried to explain the reasons that he/she does not need to be afraid and attempted to present the logic. The problem is that fear does not allow logic. A scared child rarely accepts the statements like “It was only a dream or look, there is nothing under your bed.”

When we are afraid, we stop seeing things clearly. Fear causes us to be paralyzed by the “What if…..”

For a child, the “WHAT IF” is:

  • “What if there are really monsters under my bed?”
  • “What if that scary dream was real?”

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Most of us no longer lie awake at night with fear of monsters, but often we lose sleep while wrestling with our own fears.

  • Fear of Failure
  • Fear of Rejection
  • Fear of the Unknown

God’s desire for us is to live with POWER and authority, to live with LOVE for others, and to have confidence and a SOUND MIND. When we surrender to fear, we forfeit these things in our lives. We no longer can see things clearly and we stop moving toward the plan that God has for us.

Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This is God’s plan for each of us, but when we allow fear to guide us, we turn away from these things that God has for us. Faith is continuing to walk toward the promise that God has given you instead of listening to your fear, choosing to stop and ask “But, what if…….”

What is your fear and how is it keeping you from moving toward God’s promise?

Joe Schafer has been married to Rachael for 13 years and has two kids. He has been serving in children’s and youth ministry for 14 years at Allison Park Church.