Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Facing Uncertainties (Part 2) - Do Not Fear the Unknown

Previously, I wrote (in part 1 of this “Facing Uncertainties” series)about seeing your gloomy situation with a different perspective, so that you can see the hidden opportunities and get the lesson God is presenting before you.

So far, the most important thing you must understand can be summed up in five words – do not fear the unknown. For me, God really drove this lesson home when I was facing surgery after surgery years ago as the doctors (and I) were scrambling to keep me from becoming disabled.

Why is it important to not fear the unknown when you are in the middle of a storm full of uncertainties? Let’s use the analogy of the dangerous situations law enforcement officers and military personnel often have to encounter. It is apparent to any one of these brave souls that you cannot panic or have fear in such treacherous situations. This metaphor applies also to the various uncertain situations you may face in life.

Fear exists because of doubt. You would not fear if there’s no doubt in you. Fear and doubt normally go hand in hand. Fear and doubt are the complete opposites of faith. Anything in opposed to faith hinders you from the outcome you desire. This is especially true for health conditions including terminal conditions.

Often, your situation is meant to strengthen you and your faith, and to move you to go to God and ask Him for help. Sadly, some people still refuse to go to God for help even in a desperate situation. It really doesn’t make any sense because they really have nothing to lose in seeking God and praying to Him for help. As my ophthalmologist said, “It doesn’t hurt.” In medicine, they often weigh the risks vs. benefits when considering whether they want to go ahead with a specific intervention. In this case, there are no risks in prayer, but there are potential benefits (as documented by scientific studies).

When you do figure out that it is best to go to God to ask Him for help, try your best to not doubt and not fear. From experience, I know that this is easier said than done. It is easier said than done when you are facing the possibility of becoming disabled, the possibility of losing your home, or the possibility of losing your life. However, you have to try your best as the enormous importance is taught in the book of James.

“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” James 1:6-8

How do you not doubt and not fear when you are in such dire situations, you may be asking? Other than prayer as I’ve already mentioned, there are other things you can be doing, but they first require an initial spiritual understanding (including the understanding of the enormous power of your mind and spirit when connected to God). More on this in later blogs.

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