“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” –Paul Atreides, from Frank Herbert’s Dune.
This is solid advice. For it is in facing our fears that we conquer them. The time is past where we can afford to run from our fears–for the longer we run, the higher the stakes are. It is time now to stop living with the “I can’ts,” or “I won’ts.”
Because these are cancers that will kill our souls. Instead of asking “Why?,” it’s time to ask “Why not?”
If we are afraid, we must ask ourselves just what it is that we are believing God for? What? The Scriptures make it plain that “without faith it is impossible to please him [God].” Thus, we must stop, do an about face, and embrace the only fear the Bible tells us to have: a holy, reverent fear of God. All else is, as I said in the image up, faith in Satan.
Who would you rather believe?
Yes, it isn’t easy, and it means embracing uncertainty. But isn’t that what faith is? The gap between what we know, and what is beyond our knowledge? As the Bible says, “Now faith the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In that same chapter, the saints of old were commended for their faith–a faith that persisted despite not receiving the promise.
Because they were looking for a city with foundations, whose builder and maker was God.
I thus conclude that God put the hall of faith there in Hebrews 11 for our edification. The saints who have gone before are an example to us. They were like we are, yet despite hardships, setbacks, screwups, and pitfalls, they persisted in their faith.
And if they could, so can we all. Faith means pressing into the uncertainties, stepping beyond our comfort zones, and trusting the outcome to God.
We may overreach. We may fail. But it is far better to go down trying, than to not try at all.
It starts by giving up the one thing we want to hold onto the most: control.
But as ancient Chinese proverb says: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Make it a step of faith, and not fear today.