#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”
In the movie Frozen, the character Pabbie tells Elsa that “Fear will be your enemy” and although we don’t have super powers such as the famous ice princess, I believe that fear is a scheme used by our enemy. Satan uses fear to control us and as a Christian I have decided that it is time to fight fear. Joshua 10:25 speaks volumes to me: “Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”
This past week I began to apply for full time career positions for the first time. I’m almost done my secondary schooling and this is the beginning of the next step in my life. I don’t like admitting it but I am fearful. What if I do not get hired for a career that I am hoping for? What if a company thinks my skills or personality aren’t anything special? It terrifies me that I won’t succeed, that I will once again lose all my friends and have to make new friends, and that I may need to leave my home church and find a new church once again. It all makes me want to stay attending college forever and not worry about the future, but Joshua spoke very true words. I should not be afraid. I should not be discouraged. I should be strong and courageous. Reading these words from the love letter that God wrote out for us encourages me so incredibly much!
I don’t need to worry and fret about my future. God already has it under control and no matter how much I stress, I cannot change the outcome to how I want it to be, and quite frankly I don’t want it to be how I envision it because I know that my Saviour has infinite wisdom and my best interests in mind. My enemies are the stresses of this world and I have been beginning to realize that I do not need to fight them on my own. Christ has it under control and I just need to sit back, trust him and let him take the wheel.
Jennifer Howson is a Student at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus who lives in Essex, Ontario. She’s a farm girl who loves cattle!