“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’’ (2 Timothy 1:7).
I was on a Computer Appreciation course at the Word of Faith Academy, Benin-City, Nigeria, many years ago. It was meant to teach us, the participants, the computer skills we needed to boost our effectiveness in our careers and prepare us for leadership roles in our places of work. It was a short but intensive course!
I liked the course very well, and I looked forward to coming out on top in it right from the onset. Regrettably, I found out after a short time that I was struggling to combine it with my medical practice, which was strenuous enough on its own, and I feared it might affect my output in work negatively. More disturbingly, I feared I might drop out of it.
Before long, my fear turned to reality, as I decided to drop out of the course to save my career and free myself from what I termed needless stress. But before I carried out my decision, I discussed it with one of my friends; an officer of the Nigerian Air Force and a devout Christian. He was on the same course as me! To my surprise, he saw through my fears very quickly and advised me to deal with them, because they were not from God.
Immediately, 2 Timothy 1:7 came to my mind, and I started to recite it loudly to myself, on and on, replacing the word “us’’ in it with “me’’, each time. After some time, I felt great strength and self-confidence surging into my body, and two days later, I went back to class, rejoined my classmates, and vowed to complete the course very well, come what may.
I am pleased to declare here that my colleagues in the hospital assisted me a great deal, by taking up some of my responsibilities, and that made it possible for me to have enough time to focus on my studies and perform my professional duties well at the same time. Guess what? I completed the course very well and on time, and I got a distinction in each of the courses that I took. I also graduated as the best student in my course, and in the entire academy, that season.
Fear is a common phenomenon, which affects each person from time to time. It can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how we view it. It is a good thing when it makes us aware of the presence of danger. But It is a bad thing when it affects us negatively. For example, when it makes us have headaches, poor sleep, tiredness, sweating, hot flushes, shortness of breath, chest pain, disturbed appetite, weight loss, and other physical and psychological symptoms.
Fear does make people feel inferior, inadequate, and inactive, among others. But the good news is, it is not from God. Instead of the spirit of fear, He gave us the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind, all of which we need to excel in life. I, therefore, encourage you to reject the former and embrace the latter. It will pay off in the long run!
Friend, God helped me overcome my fear, and I went on to excel in tasks that I once dreaded. He has plans to do the same thing for you also (Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) if you allow Him. So, from now on, make sure you do not fear any problem that afflicts you because it is not meant to last forever to start with (2 Corinthians 4:17). Besides, God will make the way of escape possible, so that you can bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13) and come out of it better off (James 1:2-4).
In that case, please, do not fear the problems associated with your past, unimpressive education, age, inadequate resources, poor health, unruly children, badly-behaved spouse, crumbling business, lack of connection, state of joblessness, etc. On the other hand, hand them over to God in prayer, and have faith He will sort you out one way or another; He will do so (Hebrews 11:6) sooner or later, and your joy will be full, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker