? “I’m no longer a slave to fear…
You split the sea so I could walk right through it
All my fears were drowned in perfect love” ?
This song has been on repeat several times lately — it’s one of my favorites. But am I truly no longer a slave to fear?
I don’t know about you, but I still fight against fears on a daily basis. I often get frustrated with myself thinking, “Come on Em, you should be getting a handle on this right about now. Fear shouldn’t even be arising.” But I don’t think God is telling us that fears are never supposed to come up…it’s what we do with the fears that he’s cares about.
Over the years people have quoted to me “God never gives you more than you can bear.” However, I think that verse is greatly misinterpreted. With the Holy Spirit we can conquer any temptation to SIN. That doesn’t mean we won’t be hit with impossible-to-bear pain, trials, and fears.
The truth is, when we have fear we are forced to trust. God DOES give us more than we can bear because he wants us to have no choice but to come to Him and cast all those unbearable burdens ON HIM.
So back to the Israelites…
God called the Israelites out of bondage and though He led them, that doesn’t mean they journeyed fearlessly. During their journey, they were literally stuck between two fears: a huge sea of water and the Egyptian Army. So what did they do?
Exodus 14:10 “…So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel CRIED OUT to the Lord.”
And what did the Lord do? He actually SPLIT THE SEA!! “You split the sea so I could walk right through it. ALL MY FEARS were drowned in perfect LOVE.”
Do you still struggle with fear? You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. I think God understands that. He’s not expecting you to be fearless. Instead, he wants you to remember that he is always there and willing to drown those fears out with love. When we ask. When we let him. When we cast away all those burdens. (1 Peter 5:7)
So, if you’re dealing with fears right now, don’t beat yourself up for “not being brave.” Maybe the Lord just wants you to be reminded that He’s waiting to rescue you. He’s willing and able to part seas and do the unimaginable. With LOVE.