“Perfect love casts out all fear.”
I know the Bible tells me this, but there are times when I’m still afraid.
Maybe fear comes from a job loss, a diagnosis of illness or an approaching storm. We can feel afraid when the power goes out, a car swerves into our lane or our child isn’t home on time.
And while some fear is a God given way of keeping us safe, living in a state of fear is not what God intended.
He wants for us to be so intimately acquainted with him that we trust he’s got our back no matter what.
Knowing God loves us causes us to feel safe. In his love, we become who he created us to be. He loves us no matter what we’ve done or neglected to do. His acceptance of us, as his wonderfully made sons and daughters, drives away fear.
Remembering what he says in his word and holding fast to those promises of faithful love will banish fear in those situations which threaten us.
I must keep choosing to stand on his word because it is true. All else is a lie.
And in that place, in his presence, fear evaporates. Peace comes. I can rest.