Faith Versus Fear
Psalm 27 is a powerful declaration of faith over fear. Consider this statement (v3):
Though and army besiege me, my heart WILL NOT fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident!
How can David make such bold statements? Fear will not rule me! My confidence will not be shaken even if war breaks out against me! Consider the impact of the situation David was in…The armies gather, they surround the city, they scheme for your starvation and death.
As I was meditating on this verse this morning, I was reminded of the fact that fear is not just an emotion it is a choice. Faith also is a choice that births the feeling of confidence. I may feel afraid but I do not have to choose fear as the response of my soul. I may feel afraid, but I can still choose faith.
How? Both faith and fear grow in the IMAGINATION. In the past, I have struggled with the fear of flying in airplanes. I noticed that my anxiety level grew as I let my imagination run about all the potential things that could go wrong while in the air. What if the engine quits? What if the flaps don’t work? What if we crash land in the water, could I tread water long enough to live? You get the idea.
I have since learned that I can use my imagination to fuel my faith. When on the plane I know imagine that God is carrying me. I picture the angelic hosts flying alongside. I focus my mind on God’s promises and meditate on the pictures of God’s involvement through the stories in His Word. I refuse to let my imagination run along the lines of fearful pictures or potential harm.
David was declaring in Psalm 27 his refusal to let fearful images take over his imagination. Even though an army was gathered against him, he would choose to dream of God’s deliverance. He was determined to believe God’s promise, even in spite of all the intimidating circumstances.
One of the critical disciplines of a healthy spiritual life is the fueling of your faith through the concentration of your imagination. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 teaches us that this is true spiritual warfare. We demolish every imagination that sets itself up against the knowlege of God…and take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.
Even kids can be taught to fuel their faith. When my kids have had nightmares or feel fear in going to sleep, I try to teach them to use their imagination for the good. I have them imagine the angels protecting them, or imagine how big God is, or imagine themselves winning a big game or having fun.
Maybe you have been dealing with fear recently? Make the choice to fuel your faith. Agree with God’s promises in your imagination. You may feel fear, but your soul does not have to be ruled by it. You can choose to take every thought captive and to fill your soul with faith.