Lets say a doctor gives you a test that shows Your allergic to five different kinds of pollen. He tells you that he can fix your allergies by injecting you with small doses of the things Your allergic to, that little by little You will develop resistance to it. Sure enough, after eight months of getting those shots, your allergies hardly even bother you anymore!
I think that’s a great picture of how we overcome the fear that holds us back from living a full life. Fear doesn’t just go away, in fact, ignoring it just causes it to grow bigger in the darkness. We have to identify what is making us afraid. When we move forward with wisdom, we can face the things we fear.
We conquer fear by choosing to face it. Little by little, as God walks with us through it, we gain more confidence. The fear may never go away completely, but it loses its grip on us.
You may remember how nervous driving made you feel, at first. But the more you did it, the more confident you became. Faith is confidence. It’s confidence in God’s promises and ability to sustain you, even when you are afraid.
You don’t need a lot of faith when the sun is shining and unicorns are prancing in the fields around you. No, faith is a function of uncertainty – when you don’t know what’s ahead and you can only see one step at a time. Faith builds as you take one scary step at a time. Little by little, your faith gets stronger and you experience God’s faithfulness.
You will never defeat fear by simply hiding and hoping it will go away. Life doesn’t get easier, but we are able to get stronger and more confident in God's love- even in the darkest of times. We can only experience that level of confidence when we take steps forward in spite of our fear.
God’s love drives out our fear.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV