One of our greatest weapons to combat fear is to reflect upon God’s faithfulness in the past.
How has God answered prayers?
How has God provided in the past?
How has God healed us?
When have we felt God’s love the most?
When have we experienced God’s goodness?
Mentally answering these questions fills our faith bucket as we look ahead to the unknown.
When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I was two years into a speaking and writing ministry to encourage survivors of sexual assault. Two years of speaking about God loving us more than we can imagine, answering prayers and doing miracles were my preparation for this season of breast cancer.
What I perceived as a season of encouraging others, was also a season of filling my faith bucket. Reminding me God is trustworthy. What concerns us concerns him. What grieves us grieves God.
3. Cultivate perspective.
Whatever we are currently facing, it is important to have perspective. Life is seasonal: "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)
Every season has a beginning and an end. Even our hardest seasons will end eventually, whether in this lifetime or in heaven.
Jesus himself had perspective: "Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
Jesus knew his time on earth was limited. He knew his ministry and suffering would have a beginning and an end. But most importantly, Jesus knew what lay ahead:
But, as it is written,
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him’
(1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV)
Whatever we are currently facing, it will not last forever. This is just our current season of life. Good or bad. This perspective can be a source of gratitude during good seasons, encouragement during difficult seasons, and a reminder of our ultimate hope of heaven.
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