I read a quote last night that really struck me: “Living unafraid doesn’t mean that we don’t feel fear but that we don’t obey it.” (from the Our Daily Bread devotional)
As one who has had to deal with fear a lot, especially with regards to the aftermath of my brother’s death, this encouraged me to see another angle. Or at least hear the truth put in another way.
We were never called to obey fear—that is far removed from what Jesus called us to! He called us to walk and live out of love, loving God first and foremost, knowing His abundant, unreserved love, and that affecting every other area in our lives.
I recently read through Deuteronomy, Joshua, and 1 & 2 Samuel. Over and over, the phrase is repeated, “be strong and of good courage, do not fear…” Courage and strength are incompatible with fear.
Act out of love and courage today—He has called you, and He has also equipped you, so you have no reason to obey fear.