What You Fear Causes You to Stumble

People will always throw stones onto your path. How you see them will change your life.
People will always throw stones onto your path. How you see them will change your life.

What You Fear Causes You to Stumble

For this is what the Lord said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people: Do not call everything an alliance these people say is an alliance. Do not fear what they fear; do not be terrified. You are to regard only the Lord of Hosts as holy. Only He should be feared; only He should be held in awe. He will be a sanctuary; but for the two houses of Israel, He will be a stone to stumble over and a rock to trip over, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Many will stumble over these; they will fall and be broken; they will be snared and captured. Bind up the testimony. Seal up the instruction among my disciples. I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for Him. Isaiah 8:11-17 (HCSB)

Is there a true sanctuary that removes your fears and offers hope? Fear is a natural response God created into each of us for our own good. Fear causes us to either stand our ground and fight with all our strength or to flee with all the stamina and speed we can muster. Self-preservation is at the root of our fears. Fear increases our adrenaline level to better cope with stressful and dangerous situations. However, there are times when we realize that our fear response is not enough to conquer or escape our fears and we seek help to manage our fears.

Mankind has relied upon alliances believing that when forces are combined you can better stand up to your fears. Sadly, we only learn misery loves company! Most alliances are temporary deterrents when dealing with our fears. Fears often cause you and your ally to turn on one another in the middle of the battle because in the end self-preservation overrides common preservation. Friends turn on friends when their own lives are at risk.

In this passage from Isaiah, The northern tribes of Israel believed an alliance with Aram (Syria) was sufficient to defeat their fears; Judah allied itself with a weakened Egypt. However, neither escaped the Assyrians and later the Chaldeans (Neo-Babylonians). Both neglected the small print in their covenant with God – the” if, then” clause that would have saved them from their fears.

God is the undefeated champion for his people. God sought Isaiah to warn those who claimed to be God’s people to start acting like his people and stop relying upon their own alliances. Those who resist the temptation to rely upon their own alliances and trust God discover genuine protection, preservation, and provision that arrests their fears and anxieties. (Checkout Matthew 6:33) All the Lord requires: trust him and stop trying to deal with the fears that threaten our lives daily on your own. God declares that our fears can become stumbling stones or stepping stones.

There is only one genuine “fear” that every person faces that is common to all mankind – the fear of death. The choice is whether we will choose to make that fear a stumbling stone or stepping stone in our relationship with God. Fact: no earthly alliance can defeat the fear of death.

Oh, how history would have been changed if Israel and Judah repented and returned to the Lord as His people? How about your own history? How will you be remembered? Will your life encourage or discourage the next generation about the fears of this life?

Coach

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (necessities of life to overcome our fears and anxieties) will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33

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Coach

Retired, writing contemporary mystery series, Shiloh Saga. The first story is titled, "Jessie's Story".

2 thoughts on “What You Fear Causes You to Stumble”

  1. Hello My Friend,
    I hope all is well where you are as we go in to the last weeks of summer. When I had my first Pulmonary Embolism, they did not know that I was a nurse as my blood pressure dropped, and the ER filled with people, and I had every symptom of a dissecting aorta, and that would have meant the last minutes of my life. I heard them, and the pain had eased from the blood clot, but I asked myself if I needed to do anything–And I did not speak or cry, and I prayed, and I wish I could tell you that I heard a thundering voice, but I felt strangely calm. My husband was with me, and something assured me–He’d be fine, and the other two items was that, though grown, my children would need me, and I’d finished the book, “Pinkhoneysuckle,” and one of our sons has needed us desperately; He wound up in a family of false Christians who got a child or two out of you–Then next–They were after what money they could get.

    My book is more mysterious, but when I think the work is done on it, and it will wear out, then up will come something like the movie option. I seriously wanted to tell what ended the Mid-Atlantic’s cotton and tobacco farmers as well as to show the effect welfare had done to make among God’s most independent become people who would take instead of give. It was the dispora of south to north, and the best of families lost a lot of the kind of faith which sustained us. Now the book will not let me go–But I believe this is something, “God,” wanted to see through with me, so nearing the end of the third year of publication, I am still searching, and, “Pinkhoneysuckle,” is still hanging on. I’ve had at least three producers express that it is not whether it would go to a movie–But when. I want it to tell that the common thread we kept was, “Our Faith,” and the most lost are those who lost that pure faith. You know the words, “If God is with me–Then who can be against me?” The Lord be with you,
    Barbara

  2. Barbara, your endeavor with your story is inspiring. I pray the challenges in your life provide a testimony to overcoming the fears we all face in life. History has such an importance for all of us to understand why we are and who we have become, and encourage us to create a right history for the future generations. Understanding our past not out of fear but faith is the key to mankind’s hope for the future. God is the author of our past and the creator of our future, we alone have guardianship on the present day by the choices we make. God bless. Coach

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