“I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
Within one minute of opening my door at the latest hotel where I was staying out on the road full-time for my ministry work, a little crowd of people had assembled around my wheelchair dogs as the Lord opened wide the door for me to talk to people about Him.
Hurricane survivors this time. The home they had been renting had been damaged, and the hotel was where they were led to stay. Turns out the Mom seemed to feel the Lord was drawing her back to Himself right as the Lord had sent me to a city to which I had never been to a hotel where I hadn’t wanted to stay at a time that didn’t make any sense given I had thought I would still be serving Him in New York City.
That same day, the Lord led me to a grandmother who was blessed by my Faithful Magazine devotional, to a young woman in extreme need of love, encouragement, and support, to a fellow believer on staff who wanted the devotional magazine, and I sensed this was just the beginning of my stay at the hotel. But how could this possibly be given my arrival the night before?
Before I had even unpacked the dogs and car to get into the hotel room, there had been an incident involving two hotel guests which would have convinced just about anyone in their right minds to jump back into the car and high tail it somewhere else. Without going into any detail, suffice it to say the level of their anger toward one another coupled with the nature of their conversation didn’t lend to a feeling of safety in the least. Fear absolutely would have gotten the best of me in the past, but this time I didn’t let fear stop me.
“The way I see it is this,” I told a dear friend on the telephone after I had unloaded the dogs and stuff from the car into the hotel room, “If the Lord wants me here, I’m going to stay here. He will take care of me. If the Lord doesn’t want me here, I will go.”
I knew clearly from the past month or so that the Lord very deliberately wanted me to stay at that very hotel. And from much study of the Bible combined with plenty of personal experience, I knew – and trusted – the Lord had a plan and knew exactly why He had chosen that hotel at that particular time. I believed He would take care of me.
I admit to you, my friend, I have spent YEARS of my life giving in to fear instead of surrendering to Christ. Bowing down to fear, worshiping fear, living by fear, driven by fear, focused on fear, consumed with fear, ruled by fear, reigned by fear, riddled with it, sickened by it, messed up by it, ruined by it, etc.
But the Lord has taught me where my trust truly belongs. In Him. Because Jesus Christ is Lord, and He is the one to rule and reign in my heart and life. And in your heart and life, and in the hearts and lives of all people. For He is King and Lord forever.
The Lord has a plan for our lives, but if we bow down to fear instead of to the Lord, we will find ourselves as I did for so very long. Paralyzed by fear. Stuck in fear. Stopped by fear. Crushed by it. Ultimately destroyed by it. Ruined by it.
I still have plenty of times I feel afraid. But feelings are only feelings, and thoughts are only thoughts. The truth is Christ is Lord, and the Bible is God’s Word, and we are to live with faith in Christ as Lord, submitted to Christ as Lord, led by Christ as Lord, for the glory of Christ as Lord forevermore.
Is fear stopping you? Let fear stop you no longer! Moment by moment, choose faith over fear. Truth over feelings. God’s Word over your thoughts. And don’t let the fear stop you any longer. Go forward. Go forth. Carry on. Press on. Move ahead. With the Spirit of God leading the way, with Christ as Lord, with His Word tucked closely in your heart, to live the life God has called you to live, day by day, breath by breath, moment by moment, for the glory of God forevermore, AMEN!