How do you move beyond fear? Nehemiah 1 and 2 hold a powerful, clear example.
It starts with prayer. Pour it all out before God: your needs, your inadequacies, your sins and mistakes from the past. Invite him to move. Remind him of his promises. In Matthew Henry’s words, “communion with God will best prepare us for our dealings with men.”
Then you must do. Your time in prayer has drawn you close to the heart and mission of God, now act on it. As Matthew Henry said, “our prayers must be seconded with serious endeavors, else we mock God.”
Fear may still be there. You may not feel ready. But you must fill in the blank: “I was very much afraid, but I ________.” We shouldn’t be content to leave it hanging, to plant ourselves down on that idle ledge.
If we do, we change that “but” into a “so.” How devastating it is when the sentence becomes “I was very much afraid, so I ________.” Our fear should never be allowed to be the cause of a decision or action. Instead, we must always act in spite of it.
And here’s the reassurance: God will stick with you. He won’t listen to your prayer in the beginning then pat you on the head and send you out alone. No, he’ll go before you and stand behind you. He’ll answer prayers even during the action itself.
When you are moving in his name and for his purposes, he will always do great things. When you’re willing to step out despite your fear, to fill in the blank, he will surely move through you.
Hello! I'm Anna: a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you towards a Christ- centered life and healthy mind. Be sure to connect with me on social media for post updates and more content. I'll see ya there!