Fear Replaced by Faith
“We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.”
– 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
God had been preparing me for many years for what would happen on February 23, 2016. Because of a car wreck, the left side of my son’s head was completely crushed. When I got the call that he might not make it, I cried out to God and said “This did not catch you by surprise, I trust You with Traden’s life.” The only reason my focus could go directly to God at that moment is that He had been faithful to His promises in the past. Did you know there are over 7,000 promises that God makes to His children?
If you know God loves you and you love Him, then you will trust what God is saying to you. He works in our lives according to our faith. God never makes a bad decision. He never makes a mistake. He says if you trust Him and listen to Him, He will guide you. But you must ask in faith. “When you ask, you must believe and not doubt” (James 1:6a NIV). In faith, you can expect an answer. “I waited expectantly, trusting God for help, for he has promised” (Psalm 130:5 TLB).
The only way I could make it through my son being in a coma and the doctors telling us there was a possibility he may not ever wake up was to replace my fear with faith. I have come to learn that responding to fear is a choice. God knows everything you are going through, and He is not afraid. Trust God, and don’t give in to your fears. God promises believers that no matter what happens, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28 NIV). It doesn’t say all things are good, but that they are working together for good. In the hospital, I remembered this particular promise. Upset and unsure I wanted to let go, I finally told God I would serve and praise him even if he took my son home. I knew Traden would spend eternity in heaven and that’s all that mattered. I believe, at that moment, God started replacing my fears with a stronger faith.
It’s comforting to know you do not have to listen to your fears because there is nothing in your life that God cannot ultimately use for your good and His glory. I heard someone say one time that your response to fear reveals where you do not trust God. Wow! I really had to step back and examine every area of my life and start asking God to strengthen my faith.
As God replaced my fears with faith I started praying a particular promise to God. “I will consider all of your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Your ways, God, are holy, what God is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among all the peoples” (Psalm 77:12-14 NIV)
I stood on the promise that God would display His power among all the peoples. I had no idea what that would look like, but I trusted God to glorify His name no matter the outcome. Jehovah Rapha chose to display His power by healing Traden in record time. After three weeks in a coma and thirty-six days in ICU, Traden walked, yes, I said walked, unassisted out of the hospital!
When you stand on the promises of God and have faith that He will fulfill his purpose to glorify His name, you will see “that nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, I choose to believe that You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. I renounce any spirit of fear operating in my life and ask You to reveal any and all-controlling fears in my life and the lies behind them. I desire to live by faith according to what You have said is true in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
Student Small Group Leader & Prayer Ministry
First Baptist Broken Arrow