We have all heard the acronym for FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real. This plays out in the Bible time and time again. One example that comes to mind is when Peter walked on the water with Jesus right in front of him. The Bible tells us that Peter "sees the wind," became afraid, and began to sink.
Many of us have the same natural response to fear that I do when I'm playing tennis: We cower and run.
God promised the Israelites the wonderful land of Canaan flowing with milk and honey, but they were ready to die in the wilderness paralyzed by fear when they saw the size of the Canaanites. They chose to cower to false evidence appearing real instead of fully trusting in God's promise and taking ownership of what was promised to them.
In today's challenging business climate, we have a lot of things to fear. But when you feel the impulse to cower and run, or to be paralyzed into inaction, don't give in to it! Retrain yourself so you handle fear differently.
Please know the decisions you make now can give you a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. It's at uncertain times like this that the cream rises to the top.
Fear is a real human response that we all experience. How you channel that fear will determine your ability to rise above it and be victorious. Like me on the tennis court, when you're afraid you're going to get hit by a ball, you can choose a different response.
Peter showed us exactly what we are to do when we are overcome with fear and beginning to sink. Peter cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Instead of cowering in fear, practice a new response when you feel afraid. God will do for you what He did for Peter.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. (Matthew 14:31, NIV)
Trust in the promises God gave you and walk forward in faith and strength. Friends, our Daddy created the Universe!