Even if…He is still Good

I’m becoming increasingly hesitant to turn on the news channels. The looping news topics are about all things negative and fewer things to hope for.  If I ever wanted to feel bad about the world I live in, I can turn on the news for a guaranteed dose of disappointment. 

Do you ever notice that what’s presented to us on the news is meant to evoke strong emotion from us? To feel a sense of fear and concern about what will happen next is normalized. It makes me wonder if it’s part of the reporter’s job description to keep the audience on edge. After all, what else would keep us watching?

The enemy also works to evoke emotion from us.  Part of his job description is certainly to keep us afraid:

  • Afraid of yet another failed relationship
  • Afraid of the pain that comes with it
  • Afraid that we may never truly be happy with another person

When we’re operating from fear, we’re also operating outside the realm of peace that Jesus promised to leave with us. For some of us, that fear is so paralyzing that it keeps us imprisoned in our own minds.

But it was never God’s plan to see His children live with continuous fear, especially about relationships.  He created relationships, so why would He be okay with our fear of something He desired for us to have? 

Don’t get me wrong, there is truth to what we fear most. I mean, what we see in the world around us every single day validates all our concerns. All. of. them. And the reality is that those fears won’t just go away on their own, at least not without another thought or belief to outweigh them.  

So here’s a suggestion: Rather than focusing on the fear, let’s focus on the peace – the peace of knowing that even if our greatest fears come true, God is still good and His promises still stand. 

Friends, we cannot will another person into living or acting opposite of our fears, and God doesn’t want us to.  Instead, He wants us to live and act with the certainty that He loves us and He is for us, regardless of what happens next. 

It’s time for us to fight against what the enemy is trying to evoke from us.  I encourage you to take some time this week to consider any fears you’ve been holding onto.  Then, shift your focus away from those fears and toward the peace of the One who can remove them.  
 

“When peace, like a river, {comes} my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.” 

Horatio G. Spafford, 1873

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Elana Cole is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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