When Fear Blinds You

Numbers 13:27-28 “They reported to Moses and said,”We went in to the land where you sent us and it certainly does flow with milk and honey and this is its fruit. But the people who live in the land are strong and the cities are fortified (walled) and very large; moreover, we saw there the descendants of Anak [people of great stature and courage]… “

The Israelites were ready to enter the Promised Land that the Lord had told them He would give them. We learn in Deuteronomy 1:22-27 that the Israelites, in their lack of trust, decided that they should check it out themselves. They did not take God at His Word believing His promise to be true, but wanted to see it with their own eyes and decide for themselves what would be best. So the verses you read above from the book of Numbers records what the spies saw when they scoped out the land.

They saw fortified cities and giants, and fear blinded them to the truth of God and His faithfulness. Have you been there? Have you been blinded to what God is able to do in your trials and difficult times? Have you lost sight of His faithfulness because of the impossibility of the situation? Has the reality of His strength and willingness to fight your battles, His ability to work on your behalf, has it all been lost to you in your trembling fear?

Caleb and Joshua were two of the men that had accompanied the spies and they came back to the Israelites with a different report. The spies saw defeat and felt that they did not have a chance. Caleb and Joshua said, “Let us go up at once and take possession of it for we will conquer it” (Numbers 15:30). But the spies replied that they could not do it because the people of Canaan were too strong for them.

What giants are you facing in your life?

What is causing fear to engulf your heart?

The truth here is that God made the Israelites a promise. He promised to give them this land. They only had to step forward in faith. The spies focused on the impossibility of the situation, Caleb and Joshua saw what God could do. The spies were looking at the problem and it blinded them to God, while Joshua and Caleb looked at God and found hope.

Life can lead us into place where we may face looming giants.  Our hearts tremble in fear. Yet the Lord calls us to trust when we are faced with insurmountable giants.

Psalm 28 is a psalm of David, it is a plea of his for help. David calls on the Lord because enemies of God that he is facing cause him to feel fear and hopelessness. David is earnest in his prayer, he calls the Lord his “rock.” David is believing and trusting in God’s power. He is choosing to depend on God. He feels as if death is at his door and focuses on God, crying out and pleading with Him to answer his prayers, to not be silent. David prays for deliverance, he recognizes apart from God’s deliverance there is no hope.

Later in the Psalm, David goes on to speak of how the LORD heard the voice of his supplication. David prayed in faith and rejoices as he finds hope in God. David encourages himself to live in that hope,  trusting that God will perfect everything concerning him.

We see his dependence on God in verse 7, “The Lord is my strength and my [imperishable] shield, my heart trust [with unwavering confidence] in Him and I am helped. Therefore my heart greatly rejoices. And with my son, I shall thank Him and praise Him”

David is trusting God to be his strength, to support him, and to carry him through the difficult times. He is trusting God as a shield to protect him from all that his enemies can throw at him. And in trusting, David finds God to be faithful. David trusted in God’s power and His promise and was not disappointed. David finishes this psalm by telling us he is standing firm in the Lord.

Fear is at the bottom of so many reactions and emotional responses. My desperate need to control has been fueled by fear. At the base of my anger and frustration I find fear. At the bottom of my people-pleasing behaviors I find fear. Where do you find fear in your heart today? Satan uses fear to cripple us. He uses fear to blind us to the truth of who God is and what He can do.

In Jennifer Kennedy Dean’s study,  Live a Praying Life Without Fear:Let Faith Tame Your Worries, the author states: “The situation causing you fear or anxiety right now is an opening for God to show Himself strong on your behalf and He delights to do so. ” She goes on to quote one of my favorite verses (written here from the Amplified version).

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth so that He may support those whose heart is completely His. ” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

God wants to support, help, and strengthen those who are fully committed to Him.

Dean goes on to say,  “He is not aloof from your struggle or inured to your pain. He is eagerly waiting for you to turn to Him so He can do for you what you cannot do for yourself. ”

The part that is most difficult is recognizing that I cannot do it myself and then for me to be willing to let Him do it His way. When we choose to acknowledge our need and relinquish our grasp on the outcome, then we allow Him to have His way with us. That is the surrender He calls us to.

We, then, are able to praise God with David, Joshua, and Caleb, with all those who have trusted in His way and found Him faithful. He is the One who gives us victory!

So today in the midst of your fear, seek Truth.

1 John 4:4b AMP “… He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind] .”

Isaiah 41:10 AMP “Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with my righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].”

Philippians 4:6-7 AMP “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which assures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. 

Allow His Truths to encourage your heart, and in your fear step out in faith. Rely on Him who is our loving, sovereign God!

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14 thoughts on “When Fear Blinds You

  1. Oh, how often I try and do things in my own strength, my own understanding, my own everything! But God has such better plans! I love the Philippians verses because they show me exactly what to do with my worries when I’m trying to wrangle them on my own!

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    1. Yes, the Lord’s plans are so much better, yet we try to go our own way. I am so glad that you stopped by to share your thoughts. I love the book of Philippians, there is so much wisdom to apply to life in there! May the Lord bless you as you walk with Him and reach for Him!

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  2. Cheryl, you bring up so many good points about fear! And I have to agree that so often fear is at the bottom of the worst of my behaviors…controlling, people-pleasing, anger, insecurity. Trusting God seems to be the best antidote to fear, I’m learning. You asked a lot of great questions in your post. I’m pondering them today.

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  3. Cheryl, thanks so much for stopping by my blog post today! I so relate to your post today about fear. I once heard that there are really only two emotions: Fear and Love. I think there’s some truth to that statement. I love all the scriptures you posted–some of my favorites. Here is another one that has really helped me: Habakkuk 3:19 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”

    Many blessings to you!

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    1. I love that verse in Habakkuk!! Thank you so much for sharing that! The Amplified version really helps with application of the Word. The Lord’s plan for our journeys are not for us to live in fear but in victory in Him because He is with us and is our strength. What a perfect verse to encourage my heart today. Sweet blessings to you!

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  4. Good words for me this evening. I am facing the change in my life because I recently lost my husband to cancer. Yet that is not the end of the story…He is with the Lord. Cancer no longer prevails. AND I am trusting in God to walk with me through this hard journey of grief. He is and I am so sure of Him. I am so very grateful Thank you for reminding me that there can be giants in these woods but the Word of God stands strong.

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    1. I am so glad you stopped by. The Lord is with you and knows your grief, your fears, and your loneliness. He does not leave you alone! He is truly walking with you! He holds you in His love today and always! May you know His comfort! ❤

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  5. What a sweet reminder that these heroes of the faith struggled with their own brand of fear, and God met them their and lifted them up to become His faith warriors! This truth fills me with hope!

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  6. Wise words. “Fear is often at the bottom of so many reactions and emotional responses.” Yes. I know my fears motivate me more than I would like to admit. Which reminds me of the bible verse about love casting out fear. God want us to operate out of love, not fear.

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    1. Yes, God does want us to operate out of love not fear. That is something He is continually teaching me. He holds us in His love, how very precious that thought is! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  7. What you have shared is so true. God has promised good things for us. We need to trust Him, and not lean on our own understanding. I love all of the biblical examples you have given. Thanks.

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    1. I am so grateful that you stopped by! Leaning on, relying on, and trusting in Him is what He calls us to do! But all too many days it seems too hard and I know I rely on my own understanding. Oh Lord, help us grow in trust in You! May the Lord bless you as you journey down the path of growing in trust in Him!

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