Faith or Fear?

Claire Onslow | 30 November

“Slightly terrified” was my initial response. My mind was thinking “I couldn't possibly, why would you ask me?”

Be it physical danger, an unknown future, being consumed by what others think of us, worry about losing our position, stepping out of our comfort zone - fear in some form or another is something we have all experienced, but living in fear of any sort is not the life God has called us to.

We're not alone, of course, in being fearful at times. Some leaders in the Bible operated out of fear with eternal consequences. One such ruler I’ve been reading about recently who gave in to fear was Pilate. In John 19:12-16 we read that despite finding no charge to level against Jesus he bowed to pressure from the Jewish leaders who highlighted the vulnerability of his position with Caesar if he chose to let Jesus go free.

So how do we overcome fear?

This question is not easily answered but the perspective God has been teaching me of recent times, as I ponder my fears, is twofold.

  1. God uses what we are prepared to hand over to him. You might be thinking ‘that’s a terrifying prospect’ as I did, or you might be thinking ‘I have nothing to offer’. Be it skills, experiences or your own life lessons, you have more that God can use in your life than you think.

  2. Change your focus. As I thought about the request put before me which would take me out my comfort zone I realised my focus was all about me. There was no reliance on God, no considering that God might have plans in mind for me to take me out of my comfort zone and provide the way through in the process of me trusting him.

So the question is this, "what's your focus?" Is it others opinions, loss of your own position or comfort? Or is it faith? Faith in God who loves you, knows what is best for you and has wonderful plans for you.

Do you trust that God knows what He's doing even in those times you don't? Do you trust God will come through for you? Perhaps it's time for you to get out of that comfortable seat and give over to God what you do have so that He can use it.

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

And what was it that caused me such angst?

Well, let’s just say you’re a fabulous audience to write for.

You have more that God can use in your life than you think.


-Claire Onslow