207. When Fear Catches You By Surprise

Isaiah 13:7-8 NKJV Therefore all hands will be limp, Every man’s heart will melt, (8) And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames.

Isaiah is prophesying about the destruction of Babylon, which came at the hands of the Medes and Persians led by Darius and Cyrus. Isaiah even prophesied that Cyrus, the military genius of the two, would be used by God to subdue nations Isaiah 45:1. In the case of Babylon the Babylonians were taken totally by surprised as the Medes and Persians armies, who had dammed up the river that the city was built over the top of and made their way up their aqueducts into the palace. The Babylonians were horrified being taken completely off guard. Their hearts that had been bold believing their palace was impenetrable sunk; shock and fear consumed them.

Sometimes people and reports just come out of the blue and totally catch us off guard with negative information. Other times opportunities just suddenly present themselves, like being asked to lead an important meeting the next day, or give an impromptu address at a gathering. In those moments one can begin to feel symptoms of panic and terror set in. I’ve been there. Your pulse begins to race, you feel instantly clammy, and something on the inside of you feels like it just drops to the ground leaving a vacancy in your chest. But, unlike what happened to the Babylonians, as a Child of God that fear doesn’t have to reside and it doesn’t signal defeat.

Although that moment of panic may come, it doesn’t have to stay. As a Child of God, we can instantly step over into the personal presence of God. In an instant we can find ourselves boldly before His throne of Grace (Heb 4:16) and receive the refreshing and strength needed to stand victorious against the negative report that is inducing fear. We can be comforted and put at ease that He is with us and the Holy Spirit will give us the right words in that moment to make the impromptu address (Luke 12:11-12) or do whatever is necessary to do.

In Ephesians 6:10 the Apostle Paul encourages the Church to, “…be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Our strength to resist fear, whether it be from a bad report or even a glorious opportunity you may not feel prepared for, is found in the Lord. It is in Him that the boldness and courage to stand is located. Praise God we are located in Him too. In John 14:20 Jesus said that He is in the Father, we are in Him and He is in us. The source of strength you need; the source of the freedom from panic and fear, His presence which drives away the enemy of fear (Psalm 68:2), is in you. Learn to take a breath and step over into His presence.

When circumstances in life catch you off guard and you find yourself being filled with worry, your heart sinking with fear, or panic setting in, step over into His presence. Be filled with the strength, joy, power, word giving, victory that is located there with you. Then firmly stand against the attack in that strength or plow ahead into the opportunity in His power and FEAR NOT!


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