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Do Your Fears Send You Into Hiding?

Posted on: 7-15-112015

Monday, February 2, 2015, was Groundhog Day, and many anxiously awaited to see if the groundhog would see his shadow or not. America’s official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, did indeed see his shadow, frightening him back into his burrow which indicates six more months of winter.  Punxsutawney Phil buries himself underground because of his fear of his shadow.  In much the same way, many of us allow our fears to cause us to bury ourselves away.  For example, when God calls us to do something and we are afraid to do it, we can stick our head under the sand and try to ignore Him. This tactic may buy us some time, but it usually doesn’t last for too long.  God can still find us even when we’re trying to avoid Him and He normally doesn’t let fear be our excuse for not doing what He wants us to do.  It’s not that He doesn’t care that we’re afraid…He does!  He cares enough about us to make us face our fears and become more dependent on Him.   One of the things that He says most in Scripture is “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid” or something to that effect.  He doesn’t want us to be ruled by our fears…He wants us to be ruled by Him and Him alone.  We all have fears…the question is do they control us or do we control them?

“I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all of my fears.” Psalm 34:4

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