Faith is defined as confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant. The word faith is often used as a synonym for hope, trust, or belief.
Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending pain, danger, evil, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Other words for fear are apprehension, dismay, dread, terror, fright, and panic.
As different as these words are, they have many things in common. Both faith and fear ask us to believe in something we cannot see; a future that hasn’t happened yet. Faith believes in a positive future while fear believes in a negative future. And both emotions fight for control of our hearts and minds.
Clearly, we are right to be afraid of some things. A rational fear can keep us from great harm. But irrational fear can be crippling. The same can be said for faith. We are right to have faith in many things. Yet we can be devastated when we place our faith in the wrong things.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NIV
When opening Tracy Zeller Jewelry in 2004, it would have been easy to let fear be a roadblock. Instead, having faith provided me courage to follow my dreams. God has blessed my faith and hard work with a thriving, faith-based business and the honor of being the caretaker of the Great One Divine® jewelry collection. Far beyond my dreams, God has blessed me with His plan.
When you feel fearful, give it to Him. Replace those fearful thoughts with His words of truth. He gives us the power to live fearlessly when many things that surround us would tell us to be afraid. Let your faith in God be stronger than your fear.