Choosing to push through our fear often means not knowing what lies on the other side of it. We waver wondering if we are doing the ‘right’ thing or if we’re going to end up making another mistake.
It is always the ‘right’ decision to push through your fear. Many times we won’t know what the outcome will be, but we do know that God is with us in the good and bad decisions of our lives.
The Lord will work it out because we did the ‘right’ thing trusting Him in our decision to move beyond our uncertainty. The great men and women of faith had a deep understanding that God was always with them:
“King David said this about him: ‘I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” (Acts 2:25)
It is the same belief that all of us need.
When we push through our fear God honors our choice and walks with us. The whole weight of God’s presence, power and authority is in every step we take towards claiming new territory in our lives.
I may find myself shaken and trembling in my decision to move forward, but I know that the mountains in my life will crumble as I choose to be brave and honest, acknowledge my fears and continue to move ahead.
When Joshua took over the leadership of Israel from Moses, God promised to be with him in every step he made:
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised Moses.” (Joshua 1:3)
But in this journey, we will make mistakes. We may even face defeat. We must treat them as minor setbacks, not as road blocks.
Israel had just taken Jericho and Joshua sent his men to capture Ai, a small outpost, where the Israeli army faced a crushing defeat. When Joshua met his men retreating from the battle, he fell on his face full of fear. But look at what God said to Joshua:
The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face “ (Joshua 7:10)
When we face defeat, God wants us to immediately get back up on our feet and press ahead.
By getting back up, we have made a decision to step on the what if’s (what if I make a mistake, what if I fail, what if it’s not what I hoped for) and we begin to crush the lies that say we aren’t strong enough to do this.
We carry the weight of Christ’s presence and authority in every step we take out of the old land into our promised land, our inheritance.
So get back up when you fall or slip and slide in the mud of your trek through the darkness. Push through your fear again and again and then shout like Joshua did:
16 “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city. (Joshua 7:16)
In his commentary, Matthew Henry writes, “God never makes any provision for the Christian’s retreat. He clears the path to Canaan if we go ahead; if we go back, we die. Victory ahead!”