Suzanne knew how paralyzing fear could be. Each time she was asked to speak, her heart raced and her mind went blank. Fear was the direct opposite of faith—like darkness was to light. Was there any way she could conquer her fear?
Who was the idiot who made up the FEAR acronym?—False Expectations Appearing Real. Evidently, the guy hadn’t heard about Murphy’s Law. Her fears were real. No doubt about that. She couldn’t imagine them away.
True, most of what she worried about never happened. And when they did happen, she usually couldn’t have done anything about them, which explained why she worried so much. She couldn’t control the future. Nobody could.
“Fear not” seemed to be the most common commandment in the Bible. The apostle Paul encouraged Timothy not to give in to fear but exercise power, love, and good judgment. How? Scripture said she shouldn’t worry about anything, but she should give thanks in all things. Yeah, easier said than done.
One day, she read the plaque hanging in her bedroom. She stopped when she read why David said he had no fear. God was with him. So that was it: she had every reason to fear because she had no control, but she had an even greater reason not to fear since God was in control.
From that moment on, whenever she thought Murphy’s Law might apply, she recited the higher law—God’s Law from Romans 8:28. No matter how bad conditions seemed to be, God was in control, causing all things to work for good.
What must we do to learn what Suzanne discovered?