Gideon will gradually come to realise that God’s call to a person is never dependent on that person’s strength or ability. God’s call is always determined by His own plan and power, and we are asked to respond with faith in His strength. The more Gideon comes to believe that God will give the Midianites into his hands, the more he is able to go forth in complete faith and follow God’s plan for the future. Though initially afraid, he moves forward in faith!
Fear can paralyse or mobilise. Gideon could have been paralysed by doubting God … by fearing that the problems would never change … by wallowing in his bottom-of-the-rung status of being “the least in my family.” Negative doubt-filled messages could have played over and over in his mind. If that had been the case, his response to being addressed as a “mighty warrior” would have been, “Mighty warrior? – not a chance!”
Like Gideon, we all experience times of anxiety, but not all of us experience it in the same way, for the same reason, or to the same degree. Typically, we want to avoid anxiety “like the plague”! However, anxiety is not to be feared, but to be understood and to be used as a prompt to trust in the Lord all the more. The Bible advises, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1)
Moderate anxiety: Normal, fearful concern – can be healthy and helpful.
- It motivates us and leads to increased efficiency.
- It forces us out of our “comfort zone.”
- It helps us avoid dangerous situations.
- It can cause us to live dependently on the Lord.
Notice that the psalmist, who put these words to music, turned his focus to the Lord …“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” (Psalm 94:19)
Intense anxiety – abnormal fearful obsession – is more profound and problematic.
- It makes our concentration difficult.
- It causes us to be forgetful.
- It hinders our performance.
- It blocks our communication with others.
Notice that Solomon—called the wisest man on earth – said, “Banish anxiety from your heart.” (Ecclesiastes 11:10)
When a person has panic attacks and thought he or she is going to die. How does a person overcome that irrational fear of death?”
You can lasting experience peace when you realise that you have absolutely no control over the moment of your death. Based on the Bible, God has already determined the exact number of your days on earth. Therefore, face the fact of your death head-on. Say to the Lord …“I choose to trust You with Your perfect plan for my life … and my death.” “I yield my will to Your will.” “Thank You for giving me Your perfect peace.”
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16)
How to overcome the overwhelming fear that a child might die?”
Unquestionably, your children will die. The question that no one can answer with certainty is when. That is, no one but God. Realise that God knew and ordained the length of each of your children’s lives before they were formed in your womb. This means that your fear is not beneficial—it can’t change anything because the length of each of our lives has already been established by God. However, what is beneficial is this …
- Praying that you will be Christlike before them.
- Praying that you will draw them to the Lord by the life you live
- Thank the Lord for loving your children.
- Thank the Lord that you can trust Him to do what is best for your children.
- Choose not to be controlled any longer by fear.
- Choose to trust the Lord and thank Him for every day your children are here on earth.
- Commit yourself to help them grow in Christlike character.
“Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” (Job 14:5)