There is no doubt that life is painful. Not one person, Christian or not, is without struggles. We struggle in our relationships, we struggle in our broken bodies, we struggle in our churches, we struggle in our politics, we struggle in our careers, we struggle with singleness, we struggle in school, we struggle with mental illness, we struggle with addiction, we struggle in our finances, we struggle with God, and we all struggle with deep insecurity.
Insecurity comes from fear. Perhaps we lost love, so now we fear we will never find love again. Perhaps we lost jobs, so now we fear we will never find a good job again. Perhaps we have been rejected our whole lives, so now we fear rejection. Perhaps we have struggled with a particular sin, and we fear that we will never be able to overcome it.
Life is full of reasons to be afraid, but fear is not from God (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear entered humanity when Adam and Eve decided to put their faith in a plan that was contrary to God’s plan. In Genesis three, God tells Adam and Eve that they must not eat from a certain tree or they will die. Then Satan comes along.
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5).
Human beings were never supposed to know evil. If we had never experienced evil, we would have no reason to fear.
Satan lied when he said, “You won’t die,” but he spoke the truth when he said, “Your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The most convincing lies are ones that have a measure of truth.
And so, Adam and Eve put their trust in another force, a force that opposes God and delights in terrorizing human beings, because human beings reflect God’s very image.
It is our human knowledge of evil that makes us fearful.
There is not one person who has not been touched by the darkness lurking in this world. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the unseen forces of evil that we are all too familiar with (Ephesians 6:12). We may not understand how darkness and evil work. We may not comprehend a “red devil with horns,” but our eyes are wide open and every human knows that evil exists.
Yet, we serve a God of light and light exposes evil. There is nothing more powerful than light in darkness. Just a bit of love, truth, justice, and kindness can change an entire atmosphere. The question is, will we trust the light, when darkness dances all around us?
When insecurity creeps into our hearts, will we rise anyway? When people or life treat us unfairly, will we rise above it, or will we sink down into the depths of despair? Worse, will we lose our faith in the light, and let darkness have its way with us?
The answer is, “Yes, we will allow darkness to have its way with us sometimes.” Why? Because we are human beings, and although we are made in God’s image, our souls are tainted with dark spots. Yes, my friends, we will grow weary from life’s ongoing battles, we will lose heart and grow tired, we will allow anxiety to control us, we will choose death over life time and time again.
But if God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?
God wants us to be absolutely convinced that God is for us – that love is for us. There is no unseen force that can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). Remember, God did not even spare God’s own Son for our well-being and salvation. There is no fear in God, because perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).
Scriptures asks, who dares accuse God chosen (Romans 8:33)? It is God alone who justifies and the Apostle Paul said, “I don’t even judge myself anymore (1 Corinthians 4:3).”
God wants us to say no to fear and yes to faith. God wants us to say no to insecurity and yes to security in Jesus Christ. Only then can we be truly free to be who we were always supposed to be. God wants us to walk on water. God wants us to believe that everything will be OK even when nothing seems OK. God wants to restore and redeem us.
God wants us to say yes to God’s plan, because God’s plan leads to freedom and fulfillment.
It is not the powerful and overly confident that God takes special interest in; it is the weak and vulnerable that God sees (2 Corinthians 12:9). God is close to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18). God sees weakness as an opportunity to strengthen.
God’s question is always the same, “Will you trust in me first?” Will you stop running from your first love? God desires to make us whole and give us lives full of adventure and love, but we have to trust God when the storms are raging all around us.
May God help us to surrender all of our insecurities to our Lord. We are God’s beloved and for this reason alone, we should hold our heads high.
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31)
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