False assumptions hinder us from walking the life Christ provided and we desire. One of those assumptions is that God expects us to trust Him enough to never be afraid. Unfortunately, it’s too often been taught – or at least assumed – that the lack of fear proves the strength of our faith.
Not true. Not true at all. False assumption based on faulty understanding.
One can no more control emotional responses than one can stop their knee from a reflex jerk when the doctor taps it. The same is true with emotions. Emotions are most often – if not always – reflexive responses. God knows that.
So, what is He telling us when He says to not be afraid?
He is counseling us to act on the integrity of His word and character in spite of reflexive fear to circumstances. “Fear not” is a command of action, not a negation of emotional response.
We will find ourselves in many situations that will trigger the emotion of fear. Act on His Truth, anyway. Ultimately His truth will set us free. After all, the last chapter has already been written and we’ve won. We experience that victory, personally, when we walk out His Word…afraid or not.