Of course you may be thinking: “Well *technically* we here at Damsel De-Stress are women” but, you know…you get the picture. 🙂 Of course the quote it not meant to be taken literally, but metaphorically: God created mice to be timid, flighty little creatures while men He made to be noble and brave in the face of fear.
-So let’s have it….are we “mice”? Or are we “men”?
-As women of God, where do we stand when it comes to bravery?
-Are our fears holding us back from our full potential?
-So many times in scripture we find phrases like “do not be afraid” or “be courageous”. Do we really take these to heart?
FEAR… There are many varieties of fear. Some are negative, while some are positive. We know that there are healthy fears – several of them we learned in childhood; such as the fear of burning our hand on a hot stove, or going beyond our depth in the pool. These kind of fears are for our physical safety and are rational and logical.
Another type of fear is the fear of consequence. As children we learn to fear what might happen if we disobey Mom and Dad, and as we age and mature, hopefully we learn to fear the consequences of disobeying God. These fears are also rational and logical.
On the other hand, there are unhealthy fears that can not be called rational or logical at all. Usually these fears involve other people. Fears of what others might do when we’re not looking. Fears of what others might think of us. Fears of all the ways others might potentially mess up our lives. Our human minds (especially being female minds) are so susceptible to letting our imaginations run wild and take control over reality. We focus in on small things and create mountains from molehills…exaggerated scenarios with very little (if any) truth to them.
Sisters, where do these fears come from? They certainly do not come from our King, because:
a. He did not give us a spirit of fear…but of power, love, and a sound mind,(2 Timothy 1:7)
b. His perfect love casts out fear, (1 John 4:18)
and c. He is our helper so we will not fear what man will do to us! (Hebrews 13:6)
Fears often come, I believe, from a sense of not having control over our circumstances. We people sometimes have a hard time letting someone else take the wheel. Granted, it is a horrifying thing to take the passenger’s seat to…say…a teenager with terrible driving skills!! On the other hand, would we fear getting in the car with someone we trust; someone who has been driving for years?
When did we stop believing that song we used to sing in Bible class: “He’s got the whole world in His Hands”? Girls, our God is a strong and mighty tower!! He is neither an unlearned nor incompetent driver. He is perfectly capable of getting us to our destination without scratches, bruises, or broken bones.
Remember, He works all things together for our good…but here’s the catch: “To them who are called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28) In other words, God watches out for His own! When we are keeping our will alligned with our Maker’s, we needn’t be afraid of anything in this world…for even our various trials and temptations will be blessings in disguise. (James 1:2-4)
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 “How can this be? I always feel that my enemies have the upper hand, and I am the one shaking in my boots” but remember – this world is not our permanent dwelling, we are only strangers and pilgrims in a foreign land! (1 Peter 2:11) There will come a day when the wicked will pay the penalty for their sins, and the righteous will enjoy all the blessings The Lord has prepared for them. (Psalm 37:1-7)
Ecclesiastes 8:12-13 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before Him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall He prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
Isaiah 41:13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Friends, may we boldly say: Because of Christ, I am no longer a mouse; but a man!
God bless, and take a chill pill!