Get up from hysteria!

Remember when gas prices exceeded $4 last year?  I’ll admit it: I had an extremely challenging situation around this time.  My gas tank was almost completely empty, and I desperately needed to refill.  Ironically, every gas station was out of gas or packed with cars also needing to refill.  Long story short, I panicked; I started thinking, “What will I do if my gas runs out before I reach a gas station?”  This experience was so ironic because I had just found comfort in Psalm 37:18-19 a few days before: “Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.  They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.”

Isn’t it interesting how near our polar emotions, fear and faith, really are?  I don’t know about you, but it seems like it’s most difficult to trust God when I really need to trust Him.  Often, I feel like Mary Magdalene: though she had heard Jesus was alive (from the angels), something wouldn’t let her believe it.  Although He was standing right in front of her, Mary believed Jesus was the gardener.  Thankfully, however, Jesus never lets fear swallow our faith.  Jesus came to Mary Magdalene’s rescue, just like He rescued me when I thought I’d run out of gas!  He fulfilled the Word she received from the angels, for He cannot lie!

This recharge is specifically for those who are enduring the tug-o-war between fear and faith.  You’ve heard God’s voice, believe He’s given you creativity and vision, yet you still have insecurities.  It’s time to get up from hysteria, and trust God to do what He promised.  Remember, His reputation is too perfect to mess it up now!

It is the same with my word.  I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it (Isaiah 55:11, New Living Translation).