2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What if...?” That question has the ability to generate all kinds of fears about the future. Philippians 4:8 commands us to think on things that are “true” and “real.” Events in your future can prove to be neither “true” or “real.” Filling your mind with questions like: “What if I never get married?”, “What if I lose my husband?”, “What if I never have children?”, “What if my children rebel against God?” can too easily overtake our minds and keep us from loving God as He has called us to do. If we want to overcome our fears, we cannot think about the “What if...” God certainly doesn’t give us grace for our imagination and the thoughts about the future are, at best only guesses. Everything is in God’s hands.
The dread of the future is a thief of your joy. A great lie and deception from Satan is that you cannot enjoy your life in the midst of unpleasant circumstances. You can think you will enjoy life when your breakthrough comes. But, what about enjoying the trip? Can you enjoy the time waiting for God to answer? Can you benefit from the journey?
Laughter can make the journey endurable, and even enjoyable. It takes a conscious effort to keep your heart merry during a long hard journey, because Satan is always willing to steal or block your joy. Smiling and laughter are outward evidences of inward joy. Sometimes you have to notify your face that you are a child of the King, something to rejoice in. It is almost impossible for you to enjoy life and be fearful at the same time. Joy is a spiritual force that can help you overcome your problems and enables you to experience the peace, wisdom and strength God has for you each day (Nehemiah 8:10).
Lord, may Your joy resinate in my heart calming any fear that may come my way.