Monday Motivation: Fear of the Unknown

Monday Motivation: Fear of the Unknown
During our twenty’s, life changes at an alarming pace. One day we’re sitting around with friends talking about the future, the next day we’re having to face the reality of making life decisions head on. For some of us, flipping a coin is a great way of getting out of the decision making process. For others, making a decision means the possibility of failure or disappointment.

It’s this fear of indecision that can paralyze our lives. The questions bounce around in our head: What if this job isn’t the best around? What if I don’t do well when I start college? What if I can’t find the right church? What if I move and don’t like the new town?

There is an unknown factor in everything we do in life. We can make pro and con lists, we can talk to people who are wiser then us, we can even spend months debating what we should do. Not knowing what the future holds is something that we face daily but it doesn’t have to keep us in fear of “what’s next”.

We read multiple times in the New Testament that people desired to have a “faith like Abraham”. This man that was the father of the nations, became the poster child for faith in the early church. For Abraham, there were a lot of unknown factors when God spoke to him in Genesis 12.

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
- Genesis 12:1-4

Without a doubt, there had to be fear of what the future held when God told him to leave the place he called home. I’m sure that the questions bounced around in his head as he looked at the unknown. The difference is that the fear of the unknown didn’t keep Abraham from moving forward in the story that God was telling through his life.

This is the faith that the early church admired. The faith of a man to step into that unknown future and know that God’s provision was real. Instead of being paralyzed by fear, do we have the faith to make the tough decisions and follow through?

We can’t live in fear of making big life decisions. As followers of Christ, we have access to a Father who wants the best for our lives. Let’s surrender those decisions before God and ask for wisdom as we move forward. The fear of the unkown shouldn’t keep us stagnant in our lives. It’s that unkown factor that should excite us when we realize that God can use it to teach others about real faith.

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

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