I am back with part 2 of the Embracing Fear series. If you haven’t had a chance to read part 1, I do encourage you to go back & read it. (Posted earlier in March) Part 1 was really simple, it involved a simple heart check with the question: “What are you afraid of?”
For part 2 we’ll focus on “Embracing the Unknown.” Sometimes fear can simply come from not knowing; the unknown. But that’s okay. God will often put us in unfamiliar or different situations that help shape us to become the new creature he wants us to be.
A lot of the time we question the new path God has us on because we can’t see the full picture. We have become so comfortable in the life we’ve made for ourselves that we can’t see ourselves operating outside of that box.
For me, I didnt realize how familiar I had become with my life of pain. I literally couldn’t see my life outside of this cycle I was in with men, my shame and unforgivness. I literally would have moments I’d say to God, “What does life beyond this look like?”
But because I couldn’t picture it or imagine it, I didnt think it was possible. There were too many unknowns for me. I had so many questions as many of us do:
“What will I have to give up to be free?”
“Does God really want me after all I did?”
” Will God reject me if I fail him?”
” Will I loose my ‘life’ that Ive built if I get close to God?”
“Will I still have friends?”
” Will I have to be this extra radical Jesus lover and people think I’m weird?”
“Will my family reject me even more because I actually want to grow & do right?”
“Will i be caught up in church 24/7. Will I still be able to actually enjoy life?”
And the list could go on. But I seriously wondered all of those things and more. All of those were my unknowns that kept me trapped in fear.
I encourage you that in order to overcome the hurdle of the unknown to take all of your questions and begin to step out on faith by being obedient in what God is telling you to do. Will it be scary, yes. But once you step out on faith truly believing God is for you, God will honor that. Sometimes getting over the unknown really requires us taking the first step towards God.
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepwth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.”
This scripture is so powerful. God really is for us and the more we embrace his love for us the more we can embrace the unknown in our lives and trust him
For me, God didnt really answer a lot of my questions until I started to embrace his love and move forward in faith. Scared and all at times. But even when faced with fear, I made up my mind to choose to focus on embracing his love than being trapped by my fears. It was a choice.
In the end of it all, to embrace the unknown is to trust in the God who does know. He knows what he has planned for our lives and he’s always on our side.
Jeremiah29:11 ” For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an unexpected end.”
For me the key in this verse is “unexpected end.” When God is in control of your life, sometimes you literally don’t know what to expect, but you can trust the ending will be one for his Glory and you wont be disappointed. The unexpected with God is always better than what we expect without him.
Im gonna leave you with this thought:
Embrace the unknown of fear by focusing on the God who does know. Make a choice to focus on the love of God vs what you don’t know.
Make an effort to say ” Lord I don’t know how you will work out this situation. But I do know you love me and you want what’s best for me.”
I pray that this post has been helpful in your journey. I pray that it helps someone become free from fear in their lives and that they may finally begin to be able to move forward with what God truly has for them. In Jesus name, Amen.
Tune in for the final session: “When Love Conquers Fear” Coming soon.