Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, and no one was there.
My dear friend Velda Galloway told me that 30 years ago, and I never forgot it.
I learned that it actually takes “faith”, (putting my trust in), things that I fear, just like I do when exercising genuine faith. My belief system is mis-directed at that point, through runaway thoughts, emotions, even the devil’s lies that we may be buying in to.
Michael Youssef gives us this simple account of the difference between fear and faith.
“Many times, we want God to fix our problems instantly. We want the raging waters around us to cease immediately. Yet sometimes in the middle of the crashing waves, God has a word for us. He wants us to deepen our faith and to grow before He intervenes. He wants us to follow in faith — no matter how dark our circumstances seem.
When Jesus spoke to the disciples, He acknowledged that their fears were great and their faith was little. The relationship between faith and fear is like a seesaw. When one is up, the other is down. So when we allow fear to rise, our faith will decline. But the opposite is true as well. When we increase our faith, our fear will fall.
Jesus wasn’t talking about our saving faith, but our daily living faith. Our saving faith remains constant, but our daily living faith rises and falls according to the strength of our relationship with God. When we are not in constant vital connection with God, the first storm that hits will create fear and panic. When we give God the crumbs of our time and attention, our faith and understanding in Him will weaken.
Faith that conquers fear depends on absolute trust in God. It is the kind of faith that has an open heart to whatever God provides for us. It is a faith that is manifested as an utter dependence on the sovereignty of God. When we live by faith, we know that even when the storm is at its worst, we can trust that God is working out His purposes for us.”