When in a fix… Philippians 4:6!
Fear is something that we all struggle with. Some fears are more extreme than others and some seem completely irrational, but they are still genuine fears. Today we looked at some different phobias and learnt that Numerophobia is the fear of maths and numbers, Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone (something we might understand all too well,) Lachanophobia is the fear of eating vegetables (something the students could definitely relate to,) and my personal favourite – Anatidaephobia which is the fear that there is always a duck watching you. There are plenty of times in the Bible when people had reason to fear and none more so than David who had to battle Goliath. David approached the giant with no armour, no sword and no fighting experience. All he had was a small sling, 5 smooth stones and the knowledge that God was on his side. Do you think he was scared? I do! Luckily, David swung a rock round in his sling which sailed through the air, hit Goliath in the head and David came out victorious. In life, we will experience fears, anxiety and worry. We can ask God to be with us in those fears, but it doesn’t mean that those worries will go away, it just means that we have a God who is good, who loves us and promises to be with us in everything we do. There is hope in knowing that God is with us in the fear, is walking beside us and wants us to share our worries with Him – no matter how big or small they may be.
When in a fix, Philippians 4:6 – Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition present your request to God.
Youth Worker Endeavour College