Someone once defined Fear as False Evidence Appearing Real.
Fear has been known to cause all kinds of physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Fear can cause anxiety, it can steal our joy and make us blind to God’s obvious provision. Fear can postpone our God given right to live in spiritual freedom, knowing that God has a divine plan and a purpose for our life.
Hagar was a woman who was sent away with her son by her husband Abraham. She wondered aimlessly in the wilderness and when the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die” she said, as she burst into tears. But God heard the boy crying and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.” Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, and he settled in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt. Genesis 21: 14-20 (NLT)
I believe that the fear of watching her child die and dying herself in the wilderness caused Hagar to be blind to the provision of God. The scripture clearly states that God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw the well full of water. The well was already there. God had gone before her and prepared the way. His provision was already there.
I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. Exodus 23:20 (NLT)
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT)
God open our eyes that we might see, our ears that we might hear and our hearts that we might receive. Help us to worry less and trust you more.