A Sunday Thought:
I love sharing God’s word and I was delighted to speak at a Mugs & Muffins Bible Study that is held at a local Pittsburgh Church during the summer. My study was on fear and The Widow of Zarephath found in 1 King 17:7-16.
One of the most common commands of the Bible is to not be afraid—over and over again, the Lord tells His people to not fear because He is with them.
God does not want us to live in fear —
- He doesn’t suggest that we not fear – He commands that we put our trust in Him, His plans and live there
- He has given us His presence and His words to help
- He wants us to learn to live the peace that passes all understanding in the midst of our fears
The Widow of Zarephath from 1 Kings 17: 7-16 had so much to fear – the famine, hunger, and the fear of death She was collecting wood for her son and her last meal and then God asks her to give even that small provision. And she said yes, yes to giving all she had, yes to trusting God to provide more, yes to laying her fears aside. Her willingness to say yes allowed her to experience God’s faithfulness throughout the famine and beyond.
Here are several tools to help you when you find yourself in fear:
- Quit requesting that God take away your fear – somehow we have gotten the idea that we are to live lives that are free from things that are fearful. Truly we are privileged women of the 1st world. Most of the women in the world are just worried about how they are going to feed their children today and we sit here consumed with fear that we may not have all we want? Living with fear will require us to have faith in our God.
- Take every thought captive. There is not 3 easy steps on how to do this, but it takes discipline. It literally means that you do not let your mind go to fear and “what ifs” – when it starts, stop it by asking for God’s help and knowing God’s word. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Face the truth – most of the time, our fears are from what might happen, or what people might think, or when I can’t control a situation. Let’s be honest – how much do you really control? Who is really in control – our Sovereign God.
- Share your prayers with someone who will encourage you with the truth. We all know what happens when you share with someone who will fuel your fear or when you simply post your fears on Facebook. Seek out someone who will encourage you with the truth.
- Recognize and Remember God’s faithfulness – when we remember how God has taken care of us in the past – it helps us know that He will continue to do
- Now do it again and again….
If a woman who is preparing for her son and her own death, can trust God with all that she has and experience God’s faithful provision – surely we can trust Him with all of our fears as well.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.In God, whose word I praise in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me.” Psalm 56:3-4
Questions for the study of 1 Kings 17:7-16:
* What do you think the widow’s biggest fear was?
* Who told her to not be afraid – how do you respond when people or the Bible tell you to not be afraid?
* How was God faithful to her and her son?
* What is your biggest fear?
* How has God been faithful to you?