When I was a kid, I didn’t get scared often. I played fearlessly. But whenever I did get scared, I always cried out to my daddy. I knew he was strong. I knew he could take on anyone.
That’s what you and I are called to do when we’re scared, too. Stop focusing on your fear. Focus on your Father. Ask God for help. Romans 8:14-16 says, “Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, ‘Father! My Father!’ God’s Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God’s children” (GNT).
The antidote to fear is the truth that you’re no longer a slave but a child of God. Being a child of God changes everything. You’re part of a family now. And families take care of one another.
Let’s say you grew up in a big city, and your family was a part of the family — the Mafia. And, as a kid, someone starts to assault you. You could say, “Wait just a minute! Do you know who I am? My father is Guido. He’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse! Are you sure you want to touch me? Because I’m in the family.”
That’s what God wants you to know when you’re scared. You’re part of his family, and God takes care of his children. He has your back. Knowing you’re a child of the creator of the universe changes everything.
Call out to him. Ask him for help.
This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.