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FFC2023 - Blog - September 25

"God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." - 2 Timothy 1:7

I once heard the story of a man who desperately needed to cross a large, ice-covered river. However, the man had no idea of the water's depth nor – more importantly - the depth of the ice upon which he walked. 

As he started, he was bold. After all, he figured the water would only come to his knees or waist should he fall through. He would then be able to wrestle himself free. As he walked further out, though, he grew increasingly nervous. He imagined falling through the ice, getting caught in a swift current, and being unable to fight back to safety. 

Panicked, he devised a plan. He dropped to his knees and prostrated himself on the ice, laying out completely and distributing his weight. Slowly inching along, he progressed toward his destination even as his face, body, and hands grew frigid. He felt safer but also miserable. 

As he felt the beginnings of frostbite, he heard bells jingle in the distance. The sound grew nearer and, with it, laughter. Soon, an impressive horse-drawn sleigh filled with children, parents, and grandparents slowed near him on the ice. Seeing the strange sight of the man prostrate on the ice, they looked down and asked, "Are you OK?" The man responded, "Indeed," he replied, "much better than I thought."

And so it is with our lives before God. Sometimes, we don't realize just how secure we are in Christ. As a result, unjustifiable fear and worry captivate our hearts and shape our actions more than God's peace and joy and the assurance of his love. Instead of trusting in the strength of our Father's great love and care for us, we spend our days fearfully inching along instead of walking confidently.

Child of God: You are more secure than you think. Your Father will sustain you and keep you safe. You don't need to inch fearfully through life, waiting for the bottom to fall out. You can walk, even run, knowing that your ultimate foundation is the bedrock of God's great love for you in Jesus Christ. Lift your head, walk boldly, and dare great things for Him. 

You're loved. Don't forget it.