Finding Hope to Overcome Fear
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Dealing with fear isn’t easy. We’d all love to have hope but sometimes fear just seems to paralyse us. Let’s take the example of the Hulk in the last Avengers film. After facing the evil Thanos, Hulk spend the rest of the movie unable to combat that enemy again.
The same can happen in our lives. Maybe you’re going through a really tough season or you’ve just failed a major test. You feel like a failure, like you’ll never taste victory again.
Still, there’s some good news that can give you hope! In God, you can find strength to overcome whatever comes your way.
How Elijah Found Hope
Elijah was a prophet who had a whole lot coming his way. A prophet is basically a guy in the bible who spoke to people about God. But Elijah was pretty special: in a time where people didn’t want to know anything about God, he spoke out against many false prophets. Kinda like Hulk trying to defeat Thanos. This got Elijah into a lot of trouble. In fact, the king’s wife threatened to end his life!
This made Elijah feel weary and defeated. He experienced fear (1 Kings 19:3). He felt terrified and thought death was the only way out of his problems. Still, God came to his help and lifted him up.
How You Can Find Hope
Today, none of us are prophets being hunted down by a crazy queen! But when facing our own challenges, we too can count on God to help us overcome fear. How does God do that? Well, he can use His Word and even a good friend of yours to bring you hope and a different perspective on your life and your future. Hope is recovered through God’s help, even if we previously felt like all hope was lost.
Jesus is that light in the end of a tunnel. Don’t cease to look for it.
Elijah’s story teaches us that you can survive pain. You can grow after a hard time…and maybe you can become the one giving hope to your friends! You can help others with your testimony.
So whenever you feel like you’re done, remember that there’s still a lot that you can contribute to your own life and to someone else’s life.
For God did not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)