When the Surge of Fear is Worse than being in the Wilderness
A few months ago I felt like I was heading into the wilderness. If you have been following me long you know that I have repeatedly failed to follow where I felt God was leading. Between fear and circumstances, I never followed through.
I knew that what had been promised would be no longer there. I don't know how to explain it, but I knew things were going to change. I was reading through Deuteronomy and it hit me. That lead me to start studying the Israelites and the promised land asking directions and Caleb's faith, but where do I fall in this "wilderness experience".
Anxiety, Fear, and Worry.
This is where I fall. The same place that has held me captive for the past few years.
"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" - Matthew 6:27 NIV
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:34NIV
Amen! Amen and Amen.
When I felt like I was heading into the wilderness I became even more fearful, stressed and undone. Worry was killing me. I'm in the wilderness now, and all that fear, anxiety, and broken hearted is gone and I'm breathing easier.
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalms 34:18 NIV
The wilderness is not about punishment. No, it is about bringing you to a spot where you remember the only way you're going to make it is with God. Lean on him. Climb up and take a seat in his lap. He will welcome you there.
What verses do you use to calm your fear and anxiety? How do you spend time with God when you feel undone and anxious?