The race in which we run has numerous opportunities for doubt and fear. If we don’t run with faith and trust, our race has no joy, no peace, and certainly no freedom. So how do we lay aside doubt and fear? We look to those who were able to run victoriously and study their lives.
After Paul acknowledged his fears to the Corinthians, in the very next sentence he wrote, “But God . . . “ (2 Corinthians 7:6).
Develop a “But God” Attitude
When we are overwhelmed with apprehensions, we must learn the “But God” response. “But God” sent Titus to encourage Paul. “But God” revealed Himself to Asaph in the sanctuary. “But God” was David’s light and salvation. “But God” calmed the storm for the fearful disciples. “But God,” when we turn to Him, whether plagued by doubt or fear, is our Rock; there is no other.
Take Refuge in Him
Whenever we begin to doubt, we must not waiver in our faith, but be fully assured that what God has promised, He is also able to perform (see Romans 4:21). God has pledged Himself to be our defense, our refuge, our strength, and “He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises” (2 Peter 1:4, NASB). He is our hiding place when we are fearful, and He is our confidence when we are doubtful. Our trust in His love and strength are indispensable to staying on course in the race that is set before us.
Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one. Isaiah 44:8
You’ve been reading an excerpt from Becoming a Woman of Freedom by Cynthia Heald. Part of a comprehensive Bible study series, this eleven-week study will encourage you to identify and lay aside the burdens that can make you feel “stuck,” including past hurts and losses, poor self-image, approval seeking, busyness, doubt and fear, and unhealthy influences. Available from navpress.com.