Fearing the Unfamiliar: Faith In Uncertainty


Imagine this. You’re cleaning your room and as you pick up the broom and begin to sweep, your eyes slowly turn and look down at the floor. You pause and stop dead in your tracks as your eyes widen.

Sitting there in the middle of the floor and possibly staring back up at you is a strange and unfamiliar creature that you’ve never seen before. You try to get a bit closer (but not too close) so that you can examine it and try to figure out what it is.

At this point you want answers. What is it? How did it get in here? What is its intentions? Does it come in peace? Next, you take a picture of the creature and try to match it to photos on the internet, with the hope of finding out more about this invader that has boldly waltzed into your territory.

You have no luck. So, now what do you do? 

You kill it.

Why do you kill it? You kill it because you don’t know what it is and even though it may very well be harmless, you fear the possibility that it might bite you or someone in your family and that it may even be poisonous.

As human beings, it’s in our nature to fear what we don’t know and to do our best to rid ourselves of it. We become defensive when we come up against something unfamiliar because we don’t know its intentions and we can’t predict the outcome of our encounter with it.

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Sometimes, we may be hesitant to walk through doors that God has opened for us because we’re leery of where they lead, and we’re afraid of what may or may not be waiting on the inside. Just like the unknown bug, we quickly squash any thought that will prompt us to move forward toward the door.

However, we can miss out on a lot of opportunities to serve God as well as blessings He may have prepared for us because of our fear.

If God is the one guiding us, we don’t ever have to be afraid of where He’s leading us. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim.1:7).

If He leads us to it then He’s going to lead us through it. We can trust God even in the scariest and unfamiliar situations because we know that He means us no harm. He’s a loving and an awesome Heavenly Father and He only wants what’s good for His children.

Therefore, we can rest with the assurance that whatever He calls us to do, He will not leave us to fend for ourselves and go at it alone. He won’t call us out onto the water just to let us drown. Instead, He will be with us every step of the way – walking beside us, encouraging us, and strengthening us. He won’t ever leave us nor forsake us.

Remember, God called light to come forth out of darkness with only His words. He has all power and authority in His hands and the universe bends to His will. Nothing happens to us unless He gives the order. So, come what may, as long as we stay in the will of God, we dwell in a place of sure safety. It’s God’s desire to accomplish His purpose in us, so then if God be for us, who can be against us?

Isn’t it encouraging to know that in whatever new opportunities and challenges we face, with God on our side we don’t have to fear them? All we need to do is have faith and be obedient and the Lord will take care of the rest.  

As the people of God, we don’t only believe that God can open doors for us, but we also believe that when He opens that door, He will give us the courage to walk through it.  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

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