“Fear is a liar” is the title of a song by Zach Williams. Fear is a Liar Song by Zach Williams
Fear can only be a liar if its telling you something that is not true. Fear is a natural emotion and can be very useful especially in certain situations involving the safety of yourself or someone you love but when it is telling you lies and you listen to those lies, fear is leading you, it is ruling your heart.
The Israelites had been living in Egypt for 430 years since the time when Jacob came to live there with all his family which totaled 70. This 70 grew to over 600,000 and the size and success of their growth brought fear into the heart of the pharaoh.
Fast forward to the exodus, the day when God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt; out of captivity. The Israelites had just experience the glory of the Lord in the 10 plagues he had brought on the Egyptians and experience God’s protection from these plagues. They had just survived the night of the first Passover and all their first-borns were safe, but they could hear the wailing of all the Egyptians whose first-borns were killed. God, is now, leading them out of Egypt and he takes a round-about route. The Egyptian army led by Pharaoh is now in hot pursuit and the Israelites are seemingly stuck, hemmed in because the Red Sea is before them and the Egyptian army is behind them. So, instead of trusting Do, whose presence is demonstrated by the pillar of cloud before them that has been leading them, they choose to listen to the lies that are coming into their minds. They listen to the thoughts of impossibility. They listen to the thoughts that pull them away from God. The liar is doing the same thing he did with Adam and Eve trying to convince them that God’s not able, that God doesn’t really care. But God is the God of the impossible. He is the Creator and can do whatever he wants. And God is also love and he has an especially soft spot for mankind, whom he made in his image. He cares more than we can fathom.
This bit of Israelite history is an example of how easy it is to be led into fear. Even, after all the Israelites had experienced, there trust in God wavered. We can also fall prey to the lies fear is telling us instead of listening to the voice of truth.
Lack of trust is nothing that anybody has not had experience with. Lack of trust is everywhere with every one of us. We will all have those moments, those times, those seasons where trust in God is in short supply. We all have trouble with trusting but for certain temperaments, being unable to trust is a tendency that can be especially challenging and burdensome. Mark 9:24
Living a life as a follower of Christ who is growing more and more into his likeness takes commitment and intention. Much of Christian counseling is helping others know who their real enemy is and how to stand up to that enemy using God’s spiritual weapons. That first piece of God’s armor is the start. We need to know God’s truth and we need to ask for his hep to trust more in Him. He is The Provider and will give us the courage to overcome fear when we are there abiding in Him. Ephesians 6:10-18
Are you committed? Are you being intentional about preparing for the battles you will face with fears? Are you prepared with the truth to fight against the lies? Jeremiah says in chapter 29 verse 13, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.