One of the Evil One’s most successful tactics is isolation. If he can convince you that you’re all alone with no help, then he can twist your perception to make you believe almost anything he wants.
This was a real struggle for me in the midst of my divorce. If you’ve ever been through it (regardless of the circumstances), you know just how paralyzing the shame and overall feeling of failure can truly be. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
I didn’t keep up with most of my friends because I was embarrassed and felt like I had let them down. I was in such a dark place that I didn’t even feel like my own parents would want anything to do with me. Trips to the grocery store were always partnered with a hoodie, just praying nobody was going to stop me and ask me questions. The fear was robbing me of life.
The good news is that God doesn’t leave us alone to duke it out with our fear the best that we can. God fights alongside us. Jesus walked among us as one of us, and He knows all about fear.
In fact, of the 125 direct commands or imperatives of Jesus recorded in Scripture, 21 of them have to do with overcoming fear. Over and over again, Jesus encourages us to “not be afraid” or “fear not” or “have courage” or “take heart.” Take a few seconds to reflect on that. The single statement He made more than any other was “Don’t be afraid.” Jesus takes our fears quite seriously!
Listen, my friend. If there is a voice in your head (or voices of anyone around you) telling you that you are the only one who is afraid, that you are somehow flawed in ways nobody else could possibly understand, that you are messed up and there is no point in trying anymore, trust me on a very basic fact: it is not God’s voice you are hearing!
You are not alone! You do have help!
Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
You have a God who knows your fears and who will battle them on your behalf. You have a God who cares deeply and intimately about you and who has planted dreams in your soul that He longs to help you fulfill. And you have a God who doesn’t dictate His love based on your past. So, breathe. Walk with your head held high. And know that you have a God who has already overcome the world.