I think I would have been a terrible traveling companion with Moses and the children of Israel in the desert. I’m sure I wouldn’t have made it to the promise land. Like most of them, I would have died in the wilderness. It seems that we all deal with two competing motivations for our life decisions – fear or faith. One or the other will fuel our emotions and drive our choices.
Fear and faith cannot exist in the same space. We will be motivated by one or the other. If fear controls me, as it did the children of Israel, I will make bad choices, fear the wrong things and ultimately find myself in trouble.
Faith is a decision to trust God and what He says in spite of what I see or think I see. It’s trusting the unseen and seeing the unseen become seen. (Read Hebrews 11 for some amazing accounts of men and women of faith.) In our world fear dominates. It’s the product of the news media, and the drug of most people around us.
We love the rush of fear, but with it comes a high price…we don’t trust God.
But some will make the decision to trust God, to deny the emotions to fear and trust the unseen hand of God. In those few, you will see peace in the storm, calm when all around are fearful and a smile when others are asking, “what will we do?”
Fear is natural in our world. Faith is a choice. It’s a decision made by someone to trust the sovereign God for all we need, all we hope for and trusting him in the midst of the storm.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take."
- Proverbs 3:5-6