Posts tagged fear
Breaking the Cycle

I don’t know about you, but I  never cycle through the same fears and bouts of unbelief over and over and over again! God never has to teach me the same lesson twice. I never make the same stupid and sinful decisions more than once. I never have to feel like I could throw up over the way that I hurt someone again and again. I never burden my husband with having to listen to me recalculate every wrong word I have said, how I said it, who I hurt, what I could have done differently… 

You either? Great news! Well, unfortunately Abraham and Sarah are not as holy as us, friend. 

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Running From Conflict

In Genesis 13:1-8, we encounter a situation that stresses me out. Strife is occurring between Abram and Lot’s herdsmen because there isn’t enough land to support all of them. In order to keep strife from arising between Abram and Lot and to maintain peace among their herdsmen, the two separate so that they can each have enough land. 

This situation stresses me out because I hate conflict. I know hate is a strong word, but I think it might be accurate. I try to avoid confrontation at all costs. Arguments make me feel uncomfortable and awkward and tense, and I just do not like those negative feelings. So actually, I need to edit myself. I don’t only hate conflict; I fear it...

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Afraid Of God's Call

Fear is the product of unbelief.  

Unbelief is a lack of faith and trust in God. It is somehow believing that we know what is a better choice for us than the Creator of the Universe (and the Creator of you and me).

Imagine a little boy taking his first ride on a roller coaster with his Dad. He’s scared, really scared. Maybe even crying uncontrollably scared. His Dad keeps telling him “Follow me. I will be right beside you. Do not be afraid. I promise you will love it.” The boy loves and trusts his Dad, but this just feels too scary. His Dad gently but firmly leads him into the car and continues reassuring him that it is going to be okay and that he is with him. The child rides the roller coaster with him and LOVES it... 

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Taking the Easy Way Out

As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Genesis 12:11-13

It's what we do when people aren't looking that really matters, isn't it? It's the definition of “integrity.” It's what defines what WE are. What we're made of. What we do behind closed doors. 
Following that to a T, the man we know as the father of the Hebrew people in Genesis is a pretty rotten liar. Check out 12:10-20—Abram went to live in Egypt with his wife Sarai, and to avoid trouble with the Egyptians, he lied about his relationship with her, calling her his sister instead. 
Whoa, now! Abram? The man we know will soon be renamed Abraham? THAT Abraham lied?

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