What fears are we facing?

By GARY ANDREWS,

It does not matter who we are, what our status in life is, how well trained we are, how big we are or how important we think we are; all of us carry some type of fear within us. No one is above being knocked off of the pedestal we put ourselves on. We need to remember what President Franklin D. Roosevelt told a hurting nation when he said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

This came in 1933 when the Great Depression had taken our nation into a downward spiral when President Roosevelt stood giving his inaugural address to this great country. He spoke to the people on a personal level and reminded them that the nation’s common difficulties concerned only material things.

Today are we facing these same type fears? Most of us do not think of fears from the level of a nation, but we certainly face them from personal views. We tend to see our financial situations become less than where we want to be. We see our problems within our country and want to see them taken care of, but we tend to put off the problems we face in our own family. In our nation we are looking for leaders that will stand up and take control, yet we will not even stand up or speak up when trouble looms in our own realm of society.

Our biggest problem is that we have allowed the minority to speak up and speak out and eventually get God thrown out of our schools, businesses, government offices and even some of our churches. But this is not the biggest problem we face. Our biggest problem lies within us because it has affected our families and our homes. It has affected us personally because we have allowed ourselves to be caught up in the woes of the world. When this happens we look to anyone and everyone to see who we can blame instead of accepting responsibility and make changes within ourselves. We establish a fear that something or someone will come crashing in on us because we fill inferior to them. This fear starts to rule our actions and decisions because we do not want to make a mistake that would cause us to lose prestige among our peers. We are so into political correctness of the world that we leave Jesus out of our decisions.

President Roosevelt told the American people who were experiencing many difficulties during this time that the fear they faced is “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance…They concern, thank God, only material things.”

Is our fear that we are facing today only material things? Are we looking at problems that really do not exist? Are we hearing the problems and woes of others and letting their problems concern our values and ideas? Are we talking with Jesus on a daily basis and asking Him to help us through these times? Is our spiritualty at the level it should be?

Through God’s help and effective leadership, America survived the Great Depression and then another World War. God is in control, whether we want to acknowledge Him or not. He created each one of us and will take care of His people if we will look to Him for guidance and advice. He did not say that we would have a safe passage on earth, but the ones that believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity with Him.

Prayer

Thank you Lord for allowing me to speak with you each and every day. Thank you for your guidance and leadership. Amen.

Suggested Readings

Sunday – 1 Peter 5:5-11   Monday – Psalm 23:1-6

Tuesday – Matthew 6:25-34  Wednesday – Isaiah 41:10

Thursday – John 14:27  Friday – Proverbs 12:23-26

Saturday – Philippians 4:6-7