Should I flee?
In Nehemiah 6:11 it says, "And I said, should such a man as I flee? And who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in."
When I was younger, I saw a dog attack my brother. Since then, I am fearful when approached by an unknown dog. Many times I have heard people say, "My dog doesn't bite."
Sometimes these words are not always true I learned the hard way after getting bit. My dad taught me a valuable lesson: If a dog is running towards you to attack you, do not run.
This is easier said than done. However, there is a great truth in that statement. If we opt to run away from our life issues, often times, we will regret it.
Here are some lessons on reacting to fear:
4When reacting to a fear or a problem, you have two options: run away, or face it.
4The wise thing to do is to stay and face your fear. Why can two people have the very same problem, but one falls apart while the other works through it?
It is because one is running from the problem and the other is facing his problem. Apostle Paul told young Timothy, "For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
God can and will help us face our fear and work out our problems. He has given us a spirit of power, and love, and of a sound mind.
4When fear comes and you run, your running will never stop. Why do we run from our fears? It is the easiest way out. Anyone can do this.
If you run once, you will get in the habit of running. Each time, running from your fear will become easier. Our response to a problem should not be to run from it. I thank God for our veterans who did not flee from the battle, but fought for our freedom.
4You can't have courage without fear. Every great man who displayed courage had fear first. Without fear, there is no reason for courage.
4When someone has fear and opts to run, that is being a coward. What ever happened to working out a problem? What are we teaching the next generation if we run from our problems? Where is our fortitude? Where is our ability to sit down and problem solve without attacking each other?
4The Prophet Nehemiah said, "Should such a man as I flee?" To run from my fear is not a choice, facing my problem while asking God for help is the only reasonable option.
4If you run, fear stays. What can break down a home? It is a lack of communication. What has happened when there is not enough communication? The family has "run" from each other.
They are avoiding the issues they are having by not communicating. The issues will not just disappear. They will stay and, in most cases, get much worse.
4If you stay, fear runs. What an amazing feeling of achievement when a problem is solved. In the home, when an issue is calmly resolved, an abundance of love is felt by all involved. Even if the fear is ongoing, as in an illness or progressive issue, God's peace can still reign in your hearts.
4Stay encouraged. The word encourage comes from two words: "in" and "courage." Stay in God's word. He loves you. In your courage, while in fear, realize that Jesus is faithful. You can find peace in him.
What fear do you have today? May the Lord give you courage to stay and not flee.
(Rob Hranicky is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Sligo.)