I met a few people in the past month or so who are going through some difficult times. More than a few of them are worried that they will let someone down by admitting to the fear and anxiety they have about their challenges. They wanted to be perceived as “in control” and “strong in their faith” and did not want to appear weak. Some have been concerned that by acknowledging their fear that they will displease God and limit His ability to work in their life. Others have felt that any sign of fear sets a bad example for their family and friends.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay strong in the midst of difficult times or with wanting to set a good example for others. But there is also nothing wrong with acknowledging and admitting that we have fear and anxiety about a difficult situation. And doing so certainly doesn’t limit or prevent God from working in our lives. As a matter of fact I think we must admit our fears and anxiety, we must acknowledge our weaknesses and our need for Him if He is to work in our lives at all. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul wrote:
2 Cor 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
When we admit our weaknesses, we become strong. When we have the courage to admit our fears He is able to comfort us and calm our fears. He is able to minister to us and lessen our anxiety. We never surprise or displease God with these admissions. In Psalm 103:14 we are reminded that “He Himself knows our frame, He is mindful that we are only dust.” He knows our flawed and frail nature. He knows all of our needs and He stands ready to extend His grace to meet all of those needs. Admitting our needs and weaknesses allows us to trust in Him and to become strong. And trusting in Him even when we are facing difficult times, even when we admit we are afraid can provide a strong example for our family and a strong testimony for our friends.
If you are going through a difficult time today, I pray that your anxiety will be lessened and that you will be comforted. I pray that you will trust God with your situation and allow Him to help you work through it. I pray that He will give you wisdom and discernment about how you are to move forward. I pray that today you will experience His grace and His peace. Amen.