I have been afraid of a lot of things.
If you’re not a “religious” person this post isn’t going to make a lot of sense to you. Here’s your disclaimer, but I am, and this is on my mind.
The other night at Bible Study, my cousin reminded the room that we don’t get our righteousness from any action of our own. We can’t be righteous no matter how “good” we are, because we’re human, and we’re definitely going to mess up at some point. If we could, we wouldn’t need Jesus. Our righteousness comes from His death on the cross (Romans 3:22). More than that, you accept that righteousness BY FAITH.
The next morning I work up and randomly opened to Romans 5 and then Romans 4. Abraham’s FAITH was credited to him as righteousness. His wife was barren, but he wanted a son so badly, he just clung to his faith in God despite all the factors. That’s faith and it counted as righteousness. When I believe in God’s power, it is in my spiritual bank account as righteousness! All the times when you want to beat yourself up for your failures, forgive yourself, ask forgiveness, and hold on to the righteousness. This is not an excuse to behave badly. It is however, liberating for a person who is constantly punishing him or herself for every bad choice and wrong decision. I whisper to myself “I AM RIGHTEOUS!” because I AM! That is a pretty powerful revelation if you can grasp it and all it takes is faith.
So how does all of this relate to being afraid all the time?
I found this scripture in Psalms 55:22.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fail.”
I never even underlined the part about the righteous, because I wanted to not focus on it. I could barely maintain righteousness; casting my cares on God was a big enough task on it’s own.
But then I realized, I AM RIGHTEOUS! Well, not me alone, but Jesus giving me his righteous. So LOOK!!!! God won’t ever let me fail because I AM RIGHTEOUS! I’m not saying I’m suddenly fearless but I have to say, I get a lot of peace from that bit of insight. I can do this life. I can face all the people, career choices, money, health, life issues because I cannot fail.
Think about that for a while.
Photo by Joe Wiseman.