Fear: The Unknown


Over a number of the past posts, fear has been the topic. It is no accident that I am writing about fear. In the post Facing Fear, I shared that it is undeniable that we all face fear. God wants to test our faith. “It never ceases to amaze me when God wants to take someone to the next level in their life and they let fear of the unknown rob them of tremendous blessings. I think there are two common problems with Christians – They are scared to death of being truly free and of God’s overwhelming love.” ― R. Alan Woods. As a growth protocol, God will place in positions to exercise our faith. The crucible of the unknown is a major tool God uses to challenge our faith.

Since we know that our faith will be challenged through the unknown, how should we respond to Fear: The Unknown. Famed U.S. General George S. Patton, said, “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” As a believer in Christ, let me do exactly that by going to the Word of God. For an espresso quick-fix, view these verses (fear). For those who want to let the Word percolate, we should study Abram, later to be called Abraham.
In Genesis 12, “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” We see God telling Abram to leave his home, his land and all that he knew to go to a land that he did not know. Imagine that when you first began to travel, your father and two brothers were with you. By the time God tells you to go to a land that God would show him, Abram’s father and one brother had died. In terms of family, it was his living brother and nephew Lot who were the men who were with him. The Word says

“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

If you know the story, you know that was not where they stopped. Abram continued to travel to other areas in which God showed him. The first point in dealing with Fear: The Unknown can be gleaned from this passage.

First, God told him to go. Then God gave him a promise for what He commanded Abram to do. Next, we see Abram do as God told him – “So Abram went” Abram set out to travel to Harran. Abram believed God. Our road map in effectively dealing with Fear: The Unknown is to make sure we hear God’s direction, have God’s promise to encourage us for the rough times and then act – that is to start doing what He told us.

Is there an unknown in your life? Did God tell you to go there? Did God allow a circumstance to evolve or develop in your life that presents the unknown? We must acquaint ourselves what God has commanded us, implant His promise in our hearts and then move through that circumstance in our lives. Fear: The Unknown is manageable and palatable situation if we follow Abram’s protocol. Let’s believe God and experience Him while He develops our testimony just as He developed Abram’s testimony for which we are presently learning. Be blessed.

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