Fear Turned Into Faith
by Lebohang Mabula
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”Exodus 14:13-14
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said: “Change is the only constant in life”.
I find it funny that as humans, no matter how many times we’ve experienced change, more often than not, we still carry fear when stepping into something new and different. When the Israelites were about to cross the Red Sea, even though they knew that they were going to the land which God Himself had promised to them, the unknown was still scary. The children of Israel were scared to the point where they asked Moses:
“Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness” (Exodus 14:11-12).
The fear of change can cripple us to a point where we even start to convince ourselves that it’s better to stay with the old, what we are comfortable with, even though what is familiar is killing us. Turning our fear into faith, in order to step into a new season of one’s life, will require of you to take some action. When the Israelites where at the Red Sea, they were faced with a choice: either succumb to their fear of the Egyptians or take the bold steps to walk on dry land and into something new!
Think back to your first day of school, first day at university or work, the first day in a new country or city… or perhaps even the first day in a new home as a married couple. The fear of the unknown from that first day cannot be compared to the joy and growth you may have experienced since then.
Change is inevitable, if we are to grow and not stay stagnant, in every area of our lives, we must learn how to trade our fear of the new for faith. So if you are reading this today and have been afraid to take a leap of faith in embracing change in some area of your life, I want to encourage you with this: no matter what changes we go through in life and the new seasons we enter into, we don’t have to carry any fear or anxiety about the unknown because our God is a God who goes before us (Deuteronomy 31:8). He has prepared a path for us to walk in victory even before we take that leap of faith!
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