A Sudden Insecurity

Author: Carrie Cwynar — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: April 23, 2020

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A Sudden Insecurity

A large crowd, an oral presentation, a piano recital, kicking a much-needed field goal—these are just some of the things that can fill us with intense dread and sudden insecurity. When we read God’s Word, we see God call His people to “be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:9). In frightening situations, we should not question who we are. Instead, we are called to stand firm in who we are in Christ—in knowing He is with us through it all. Maybe you are surrounded daily by peers who are constantly challenging you. Or maybe you’re faced with a tough health problem, a family full of dysfunction, or a difficult set of classes. Whatever it is, it fills you with dread and causes you to feel alone and worried about everything. I remember a time when I was filled with dread at giving an oral report. I even asked the teacher to just give me a D for my grade—anything to not have to give an oral report! Now, later in life, I handle things differently. If I am dreading something, I go to God’s Word, the Bible. We know what Joshua 1:9 says, but how about Joshua 1:8? As Christians, we find true peace when we “meditate day and night” on the truths of God’s Word. It points us to the good news of Jesus. It tells us who we are in Him, and it reminds us of what He has done, is doing, and will continue to do on our behalf. The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to focus our thoughts on what God says, instead of the fear that pulls us down—empowering us and giving us God’s peace (Romans 15:13; Philippians 4:4-8)! No matter what your dread-filled situation is, root yourself in knowing Jesus. You are resting in the Source of true peace (John 16:33; Galatians 5:22). • Carrie Cwynar • What situations are you dreading right now? • Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and 1 Peter 5:7. When you are struggling, who can you go to? • Who are people God has placed in your life to help you when you’re facing fear-filled situations? Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Read Verses:

Joshua 1:8-9; Romans 16:20