Third in the series on Fear Not in an age of fear and anxiety.
FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real
A few years ago, someone shared this acronym: FEAR False Evidence Appearing Real.
How true! When we feel afraid our fear is all we see and feel. Fear can be all consuming. However, usually our dread is not based on truth but rather a lie. Crazily, the lie seems true because we believe what we can see, hear, think and imagine. Our observations can feed our trepidations. We keep proving our fears.
The antidote to fearing false evidence
Psalm 56 records what King David did when he was afraid after being captured by the Philistines. He trusted in God instead of his circumstances. He chose to believe God and His Word rather than what he could observe and understand.
Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56: 3-4, New King James Version (NKJV)
I need to do as David did by focusing on God instead of on my fears. "Lord, help me to trust in you and not look at my circumstances. Help me to know that you are sovereign over all. Help me to praise you and not fear. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
How about you?
What are you fearing? What false evidence is masquerading as reality in your life?